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Opening Remarks by Albert V. Short U.S. Negotiator


Honolulu, Hawai‘i August 26-27, 2002

Senator Christian, members of the FSM delegation, Ambassador Marehalau, Ambassador Dinger: I am pleased to meet with you in Honolulu for this sixth round of U.S.-FSM Compact Negotiations.

I wish to be brief and to the point since our time is so valuable. We now have a very short time left in order to have U.S. Compact funding in place by October 1, 2003. I therefore urge all of us here to do all we can to close outstanding issues at this session.

To meet our Congressional deadline, we need to:

I think these objectives are genuinely attainable at this session. As you know, too, the message from Capitol Hill is a simple one: WE ARE LATE WITH COMPACT LANGUAGE. Congressional Members Watson and Faleomavaega recently visited Pohnpei to reiterate this message. The same message was personally emphasized to me during and after recent Congressional Hearings before Congressmen Hansen and Leach in July.

To repeat, Senator Christian, we are late and therefore our goal should be to agree on the Compact Title Two text coupled with its fiscal procedures and trust fund agreements and to make meaningful progress on immigration at this session.

I urge all of us to focus on closure in order to hold a follow-on formal initialing session in Pohnpei in September.

I look forward to visiting Pohnpei in September. But for now, I will do all I can to be available and to demonstrate our commitment to reach closure at this session.

Thank you for your consideration and help.


[Also see:

OPENING REMARKS: Sixth Round Of Negotiations on the Expiring Provisions Of The Compact Of Free Association between the Federated States Of Micronesia and the United States of America, Peter Christian, Chief Negotiator for the Joint Committee on Compact Economic Negotiations (JCN) of the Federated States of Micronesia, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, August 26, 2002 

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ on the Sixth Round of Compact Negotiations between the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States of America, August 28, 2002, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

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