Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Preparations for the Compact Negotiation on the Way

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): July 9, 1997 - President Jacob Nena today, July 9, 1997, signed into law, Congressional Act 10-10, designating it P.L. 10-11. The law establishes the Joint Committee on Compact Economic Negotiations and its Secretariat for the purpose of coordinating the nation's preparation efforts towards effectively renegotiating the Compact of Free Association with the United States of America.

President Nena, after signing the act into law emphasized that since it is a rather urgent matter, he need responses from the States and Congress, so that the Committee can be organized and proceed to the preparations for the Compact Negotiation. With this bill becoming law, the President urged all the Governors and State Legislatures nominate their representatives as early as possible.

Witnessing the signing of the law were Vice President Leo A. Falcam, Emilio Musrasrik, from the Attorney General's Office, Lorin Robert, Department of External Affairs and other staff at the Office of the President.

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