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PALIKIR, Pohnpei (June 22, 2001 - FSM Information Services)---On June 14, Ambassador Herbert D. Jess of the Federal Republic of Germany presented to President Leo A. Falcam his credentials as Germany’s Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Federal Republic of Germany established diplomatic ties with the FSM on April 21, 1992. Ambassador Jess succeeds former Ambassador Dr. Wolfgang Göttlemann to become Germany’s third Ambassador to the FSM.

President Falcam, during a brief ceremony in the Cabinet Meeting Room, accepted Ambassador Jess’s Letter of Credence and welcomed him and wife Micheline to the FSM. The President assured the Ambassador of FSM’s strong desire and commitment to working closely with him and his government in the advancement of, "our mutual interest… we value and take pride in our historical relationship with Germany."

Historical ties between Germany and FSM date back to the late 1800s when Germany acquired the Micronesian region from Spain and even earlier, when trading interests brought German traders through the Micronesian waters.

Germany’s colonial occupation of Micronesia inevitably fostered new ways of living and thinking on the islands. They introduced among other ideas, the modern land tenure system, commercial agriculture development and new lineages.

A testament of time that President Falcam said remains evident today, "tangible imprints of German legacy can still be found in our people and our landscape."

Ambassador Jess described the legacy of Germany’s occupation of the islands then and the establishment of diplomatic ties now, as clear marks of their long and friendly relationship.

Germany has provided technical assistance to the FSM in the media technology field in the form of production studios to the states as part of a Technical Assistance Cooperation Agreement.

The Ambassador commended FSM on its recent membership in the African, Caribbean and Pacific grouping with the European Union, a membership according to him that is valued in the "deepening relationship between your country and Europe." He said FSM’s membership entitles the country for "aid and trade concessions from the European Community member States under the European Development Fund."

"In an interdependent world, countries are increasingly facing challenges of global character," more specifically climate change."

The Ambassador said Germany is interested in intensifying the dialogue about how developed and developing countries can improve their cooperation to tackle climate change while at the same time promoting sustainable development.

He also shared Germany’s commitment to continuing its support of developing countries through "capacity building and technology transfer, and to help the most vulnerable countries adapt to the effects of climate change."

Germany will host the Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change next month. The common aim of the EU and other States is to "see the Kyoto Protocol enter into force by 2002, ten years after the Rio Earth Summit."

The ceremony was attended by the President, Speaker of the FSM Congress Jack Fritz, Lieutenant Governor of Pohnpei State Jack Yakana, members of the Diplomatic Corps and Cabinet members.



PALIKIR, Pohnpei (June 22, 2001 - FSM Information Services)---On June 12, 2001 Ambassador Aftab Seth of the Republic of India presented his credentials to President Leo A. Falcam as India’s Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.

The Republic of India established diplomatic ties with the FSM on November 29, 1996 with the accredited Ambassador stationed at India’s Embassy in Tokyo.

Seth is India’s second ambassador to the FSM, replacing former Ambassador Siddarth Singh.

President Falcam accepted the Ambassador’s credentials and welcomed him and wife Nilima to the FSM stating that the Ambassador’s appointment would further the two countries relationship into a "much more concrete and enduring cooperation."

Ambassador Seth in his remarks referred to the relationship between the two countries as one based on the common interest of democracy. A relationship he said, "naturally, established friction free, tension free. A perfect foundation for building a more meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship."

The Ambassador said India has always believed countries are "sovereign, and must work together in the spirit of international cooperation."

In the "spirit of international cooperation," India has extended to numerous developing countries its cooperation in the form of technical assistance. Along with their technological breakthroughs, India is also recognized worldwide for their progress in agriculture and industry as the world’s 10th largest industrial country, producing among others things food grain, milk and sugar cane.

President Falcam noted that since the inception of diplomatic ties between the two nations, FSM has benefited from India’s progress through its technical and economic cooperation programs.

The President commended India on its active role on the international stage regarding the issues concerning developing nation. He said this "demonstrates your willingness to engage in mutual cooperation among developing countries."

"In this regard, your government’s role as a pioneer Investor State in seabed resources and its cooperation with the international seabed authority, is of great interest to the Federated States of Micronesia."

President Falcam further said that, "human resources development, institutional building and the preservation and protection of our natural environment are important areas that deserve our mutual consideration, and cooperation."

The ceremony was attended by the President, Speaker of the FSM Congress Jack Fritz, members of the Diplomatic Corps and Cabinet members.

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