Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Park new Korean Ambassador to FSM

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM INFORMATION SERVICE): April 30, 2002 - On April 19 2002, Ambassador Byung-Yun Park presented his credentials to President Leo A. Falcam as the Republic of Korea's new Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.

The ceremony was attended by: the President's Cabinet, Governor Johnny P. David of Pohnpei State and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Ambassador Park succeeded former Ambassador Dae-Taek Lim to become the Government of the Republic of Korea's Third Ambassador Plentipotentiary and Extraordinary to FSM since diplomatic ties were established in 1991.

That year, both countries became members of the United Nation and since then had worked together in numerous regional and global issues of mutual interest in the United Nations.

Areas of mutual interest that include FSM's upcoming support of the Republic of Korea's candidate to the Commission on the Limits of the Continent Shelf. President Falcam said the FSM attaches great importance to the Commission because of FSM's ongoing efforts to assess possibilities of the Continental Shelf in the Exclusive Economic Zone. He said the direction and criteria set by the Commission, with respect to data collection, will play an important role in FSM's assessment efforts.

The President referred to Ambassador Park's accreditation as indicative of his Government's continued commitment to "further strengthening the friendly and good relations that our two countries now enjoy." According to the President, the relationship has developed into a "healthy, prosperous and mutually beneficial" relation.

President Falcam was confident that through cooperative efforts, the relationship will "continue to thrive and flourish in new areas of cooperation in the coming years."

Ambassador Park shared the sentiment by expressing his commitment to support the relationship. He said during his tour of duty as Ambassador, he will do his utmost to "strengthen areas of economic cooperation between the two countries."

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FSM Office of the President
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Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
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