Micronesia nations will go to Forum meeting armed with demands



The Micronesian bloc of the Pacific Islands Forum say they’re “ready” and “already working2 to attend the special Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Fiji next week to put an end to issues impacting regional unity.

The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, David Panuelo, said the leaders from the sub-region have made “big decisions” at the Micronesian Presidents’ Summit (MPS) in Pohnpei this week.

He confirmed to RNZ Pacific the five Micronesian nations will be heading to Fiji and will have four non-negotiables – as per the Suva agreement – on their agenda to ensure issues that plagued regional solidarity are addressed.

“We made the decision to give Kiribati to be the host of the PIF sub-office, we gave Palau to be the host of the Pacific Ocean Commission Office,” Panuelo said.

“We decided to give Nauru to put up their candidate to be Micronesia’s next secretary-general to the Pacific Islands Forum, and lastly the Marshall Islands will put up the candidate for the Pacific Ocean Commissioner’s position,” he added.

Panuelo said the Forum is “now fully together as a family and will never be fractured ever again”.

The special Forum Leaders meeting is purely to be held so we can implement the Suva Agreement, he said.

“The Forum is awaiting decisions of the MPS family that’s been made now.”

He said all of the Micronesian members are already working on their scheduled to be in Nadi.

Meanwhile, Micronesian leaders have welcomed a possible visit to the Pacific by the U.S president Joe Biden this year.

In a communique from the MPS released on Tuesday night, the Presidents expressed their “full support and cooperation to ensure the success of this visit”..