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PALIKIR (June 10, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS) ---New Federated States of Micronesia Vice President Leo Falcam has begun a series of courtesy calls to each of the four FSM states. He's calling his visits --to the governors and other top officials of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap-- a "new bridge" between the national and state governments.

Falcam's goal is for the month-old FSM administration in the capital of Palikir to forge a more cooperative and beneficial working relationship than has been achieved in the past between the country's two highest governmental levels.

Meantime, Pohnpei State Governor Del Pangelinan says the "new bridge" will pave the way for better communication and improved working relationships among state and national leaders.

During a recent meeting, Pangelinan requested assistance from Falcam to help Pohnpei resolve its current fiscal crisis. The Pohnpei Governor suggested that his state government be allowed to use foreign assistance funds available at the national level and to receive additional financial support from the FSM Development Bank. The requests are under consideration.

Vice President Falcam has completed visits to Chuuk and Pohnpei officials. Next on his agenda are trips to Kosrae and Yap.

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