FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA SEEKS JAPANESE INITIATIVE ON GLOBAL WARMING

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TOKYO, Japan (January 28, 2002 – Kyodo News Service)---Federated States of Micronesia President Leo Falcam called on Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Monday for a Japanese initiative to protect the environment in and around the Pacific island state, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Falcam told Koizumi at his official residence that the FSM hopes for Japanese efforts to implement projects highlighted in the Kyoto Protocol, an idea that was basically accepted by Koizumi, the official said.

Koizumi was quoted as telling Falcam that Japan is ready to work together with Micronesia to deal with environmental problems, but he did not specifically mention the Kyoto Protocol aimed at curbing global warming.

Falcam also asked Japan to hold another summit meeting among Pacific island states next year in Japan, following a similar meeting in 2000 in Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, the official said.

Koizumi said only that he sees the need for close relationships with Pacific island states, the official said. 

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