NITIJELA OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

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19TH CONSTITUTIONAL REGULAR SESSION, 1998
RESOLUTION NO. 67

A Resolution

To express and convey the deep sense of appreciation and in recognition of the continued friendly relations between the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States.

WHEREAS, on November 3, 1986, President Reagan issued Proclamation 5564, implementing a Compact of Free Association between the United States and the newly formed governments of Pacific Island areas which had been administered by the United States since 1947 under a United Nations trusteeship; and

WHEREAS, the Compact of Free Association was approved by the United States Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support on January 14, 1986, under terms set forth in the Compact of Free Association Act of 1985; and

WHEREAS, in addition to providing the multilateral framework for friendly political relations with the new pacific island nations, the Compact of Free Association established, on a bilateral basis, a long-term military alliance and permanent strategic partnership between the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States; and

WHEREAS, for 50 years the United States has played a unique and indispensable role in maintaining international peace and security in the Marshall Islands, essential to the feasibility and ultimate success of the United States led strategy of nuclear deterrence during the Cold War era, as well as the United States Strategic Defense Initiative which contributed significantly to the end of the nuclear arms race;

WHEREAS, the people of the Marshall Islands and the United States have a close and mutually beneficial relationship which evolved from liberation and military occupation at the end of World War II to the United States administration under the United Nations trusteeship from 1947 to 1986 and which is now maintained on a government-to-government basis under the Compact of Free Association; and

WHEREAS, this relationship was forged through a process of self-determination and democratization which reflects the common values and cross-cultural respect that the people of the Unites States and the people of the Marshall Islands have developed since the middle of the last century when the American missionaries first came to the Marshall Islands; and

WHEREAS, the people of the United States and its allies paid a high price, including great loss of life and injuries in the heroic battles for Kwajalein and Roi-Naur, to liberate the Marshall Islands during World War II, and

WHEREAS, the people of the Marshall Islands suffered great injury and hardship due to the exposure of individuals to nuclear test radiation, and the radiological contamination of the Marshall Islands; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of the unique role of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in supporting the United States during the Cold War and the hardships suffered as a result of the nuclear testing program, the 104th U.S. Congress provided additional assistance, pursuant to the Compact of Free Association Act of 1985, to meet the special needs of the people of the Marshall Islands arising from the nuclear testing program, including funding for radiological monitoring, island rehabilitation, and community resettlement programs; and

WHEREAS, within the framework of the settlement of all legal claims under Section 177 of the Compact of Free Association Act of 1985, the U.S. Congress continues to monitor and evaluate measures being taken to implement programs authorized to promote the recovery, resettlement, health, and safety of individuals and communities affected by the nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands; and

WHEREAS, the special relationship between our nations and our peoples is a bond that has grown strong as a result of our shared history and common struggle to promote international peace and security and to secure liberty for future generations; and

WHEREAS, the Republic of the Marshall Islands continues to play an important strategic role in the preservation of global peace; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands through their Nitijela in its 19th Constitutional Regular Session, 1998, that the people and the Nitijela;

Certificate

I hereby certify:

I hereby place my signature before the Clerk of the Nitijela this 5th day of February, 1998.

SIGNED

Kessai Note, Speaker Nitijela of the Marshall Islands

SIGNED

Joe Riklon, Clerk Nitijela of the Marshall Islands

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