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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, September 25) – Palau Vice President and Minister of Justice Elias Camsek Chin on Tuesday attended the opening of general debate at the 61st session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.

According to a press statement for the vice president’s office, Chin was scheduled to address the session on Friday.

Chin was accompanied to New York by his wife Miriam Chin and special assistant Harry Besebes.

Chin went to New York at the request of President Tommy Remengesau who remained in Palau to ensure that the budget is signed and the power crisis is resolved.

Chin’s address was broadcast on the Internet at The address will be rebroadcast at 

Chin also had the opportunity to meet with President Bush, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel Tzipi Livni, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkey Abdullah Gul, and Foreign Affairs Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier,

Chin also met other high government officials and foreign dignitaries during the week to reaffirm Palau’s close and warm relationship with its friends in the international community.

"Our participation in the 61st General Assembly of the United Nations has been very productive. We were able to meet with many foreign leaders, government officials and dignitaries to discuss issues of global interest while promoting Palau’s foreign policy," Chin said.

Chin added that, "although Palau is one of the smallest member nations of the U.N., the U.N. gives Palau a voice to express our nation’s aspirations to the international community and to demonstrate that we are able to contribute our fair share to the goals of peace, security and cooperation in the world."

Chin was scheduled to return to Palau on Sept. 24.

Stuart Beck, Palau’s Ambassador to the U.N., said, "It is truly an honor to have our vice president represent our nation to the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s most important international organization. Such participation helps our small and developing nation build stronger ties with our allies, foster warm relations with our international friends and ensure that the global interests of our nation are realized."

September 25, 2006

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