Micronesia Debates Exit from Forum Secretariat over Under-Representation

The heads of state from Palau, Nauru, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands have suggested withdrawal from The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) in a communiqué the leaders signed at the end of their meeting in Koror, Palau. "Presidents agreed that the solidarity and integrity of the PIF is strengthened by the Gentlemen's Agreement, that this issue is one of respect and Pacific Unity, and that it is non-negotiable for Member States,'' the communiqué stated.

"Our solidarity and integrity in the PIF are strengthened by this agreement, and to me this issue is non-negotiable. I don't want this to lead to fragmentation of our PIF, but it might do that," Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau, said.

The sub-region was determined to see the next PIFS secretary-general come from Micronesia.


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