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PALIKIR, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (June 28, 2002 – FSM Information Services)---President Leo A. Falcam and members of his Cabinet set sail June 24th for the northwestern islands of Chuuk state as part of the continuation of his state visit to the Federated States of Micronesia islands.

The President and his Cabinet, together with officials from Chuuk state, sailed on the FSS Caroline Voyager and FSS Micronesia.

The visit is part of President Falcam’s administration’s effort to meet directly with the citizens of the nation.

President Falcam invited the other two ranches of the national government -- the legislature and the judiciary -- to join his delegation and stressed the need and importance of meeting with the FSM’s citizenry.

"Especially for the citizens unable to visit the nation’s capital, we must take their government to see them and discuss issues of immediate relevance with them," the President said.

The whole of FSM is an expanse of more than one million square miles of Pacific Ocean, connecting 600 plus islands in four states. With the exception Kosrae, each state is centered on one or more main high islands with numerous outer atolls, many of which are accessible only by boat.

Chuuk state’s outer islands are in three groups: the Mortlocks, the Halls, and the Western Islands.

The President earlier completed visits to Yap state and most of its outer atolls, the Kosrae, and most of Chuuk’s outer atolls. The trip to the northwestern region wraps up the Chuuk state visit.

The following are the proposed stops:

1. Murilo atoll – residents of Murilo atoll and Ruo atoll;

2. Fananu atoll – residents of Fananu atoll and Nomwin atoll;

3. Piherarh atoll – residents of Piherarh atoll, Unaduof atoll, Onou atoll and Makur atoll;

4. Onoun atoll – residents of Onoun atoll;

5. Pollap atoll – residents of Pollap atoll and Tamatam atoll;

6. Polowat atoll – residents of Polowat atoll;

7. Houk (Pulusuk) atoll – residents of Houk (Pulusuk) atoll;

President Falcam and his delegation are expected back in the capital, Palikir, on Monday, July 1.

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