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By Steve Limtiaco

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (November 29, 2001 – Pacific Daily News)---The U.S. State Department has selected Alan Short as its new negotiator for the compact treaties with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, according to Sen. Eddie Calvo, R-Maite.

Short replaces Allen Stayman, who has been the State Department's special negotiator since May 1999. Before being named special negotiator, Stayman was director of the Interior Department's Office of Insular Affairs.

The FSM and the Marshalls currently are negotiating with the United States to determine the amount of financial aid they will receive for the next 15 or 20 years -- aid that is intended to help them develop their respective economies.

The two nations have been receiving financial assistance from the United States since 1986 as a provision of their Compact of Free Association with the United States.

The financial aid provisions of the compacts expired this year, but there was an automatic one-year extension.

Calvo said he plans to hold a telephone conference with Short on Saturday and will ask him to consider increasing compact-impact funding for Guam.

Calvo said a federal report shows Guam spends about $30 million to provide services to immigrants from the freely associated states but receives only about $6 million each year in compact-impact assistance.

According to Calvo, Short worked for the State Department in the 1980s, when the compacts originally were approved.

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