Micronesian Presidents Sign Joint Agreement On Issues

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Remengesau, Mori, Loeak to collaborate on various programs

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, July 16, 2013) – Palau Pres. Tommy Remengesau Jr., Federated State of Micronesia (FSM) Pres. Emmanuel Mori and Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) Pres. Christopher Loeak have reached agreement after the three-day summit held here last week.

In a joint communiqué signed by the three presidents on Friday, they have agreed for cooperation on issues such as Compact impact, marine surveillance, telecommunications, Micronesia Challenge, biosecurity and aviation (Federal Aviation Administration and air service agreement).

The presidents also agreed to continue to collaborate on ocean conservation and marine resources protection programs.

With the upcoming 68th UN General Assembly, the presidents agreed to continue to demand that the issue of climate change be a primary sustainable development issue in the international forum and the expanded funding mechanisms that recognize the capacity needs of the three countries be given priority.

The presidents appealed to the UN to use its convening power to render international commitment and financial backing for further propagation of the three countries’ successful oceans program in the region and beyond.

The presidents agreed that the Micronesia Challenge and Protected Areas Network successes should not only be emulated across their borders but also be mainstreamed into the core policies and programs of the UN.

The presidents also agreed to send a letter to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection requesting that training of Customs officials in Micronesian Region be expanded to RMI, FSM and Palau.

The presidents noted that the issue of security is an essential component of the Compact of Free Association between the three countries and the U.S. and that border security is a necessary component of this overall security issue. They stated that an essential component of this issue is enhanced unified Customs laws and enhanced regional training opportunities, especially from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The presidents also agreed for cooperation in combating human trafficking. The presidents recommended government support for advocacy and education campaigns by non-governmental organizations designed to raise awareness of human trafficking in each country.

After Palau, the next Micronesian Presidents Summit will be hosted by FSM.

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