PALAU HOSTS PACIFIC ISLANDS ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE

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KOROR, Palau (May 31, 2002 - Palau Horizon/PINA Nius Online)---Palau’s Environmental Quality Protection Board will receive US$ 25,000 in government funds to help prepare for the 21st Annual Pacific Islands Environment Conference, to take place June 24-28.

Executive Director Marhence Madranchar said this is the first time the board has been given conference funds by the Palau government.

Madranchar said the board's role in the preparation "is primarily to bring in people who could give the best messages to the public about protecting the environment."

The Ministry of Resources and Development will be in charge of preparing for the meeting.

Palau is expecting more than 200 delegates from Pacific Islands countries and territories to participate.

Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris had already confirmed his attendance as the keynote speaker.

 

PALAU HOSTS MEETING OF MICRONESIAN PRESIDENTS

By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR, Palau (May 31, 2002 - Palau Horizon/PINA Nius Online)---Palau will host this year¹s Micronesian President Summit, bringing together leaders of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and Marshall Islands.

The summit will open next Saturday, June 8, and continue until Tuesday, June 11.

President Tommy Remengesau, in a letter to Federated States of Micronesia President Leo Falcam and Marshall Islands President Kessai Note, said the summit would discuss issues and future actions.

These include:

§ the bilateral update on Compact of Free Association renegotiations with the United States by the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands;

§ the extradition law and other banking measures recently passed by Palau;

§ the joint request for a grant from Japan for the installation of modern telecommunications technology.

Palau also expressed interest in hearing the results of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshalls’ negotiations regarding links to a trans-Pacific fiber optic cable.

In addition, the three countries’ presidents also will discuss quarantine standardization, as Palau has received a grant that will permit it to begin the process of upgrading its customs and quarantine services.

The three countries were members of the former U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands the Pacific. They opted for independence with Compacts of Free Association with the United States.

The fourth part of the trust territory, the Northern Mariana Islands, opted to become a commonwealth of the United States.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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