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The 8th Summit Meeting at Le Lagon Values the Development of Democracy in Papua Province

August 16, 2010

On August 3, 2010, the Leaders from the Pacific section of the African, Caribbean, Pacific (PACP) countries held their 8th summit meeting at Le Lagon Resort, in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The PACP countries cover the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Niue, Nauru, the Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) was represented by :

1. Lorin Robert, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs. His adress is PS123, Palikir, Pohnpei State, FM 96941, Phone: (691) 320-2641/2613 Fax: (691) 320-2933, Email: foreignaffairs@mail.fm.

2. Samson Pretrick, FSM Ambassador to Fiji. He is not only be the nation’s representative the South Pacific region, but also FSM’s representative the multilateral organizations such as the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji, SPC in Noumea and SPREP in Samoa. He has impeccable credentials in foreign affairs starting his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1989 as a Foreign Service Officer. He went on to be posted to FSM’s Embassy in Washington DC as First Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs until he was relocated Guam. He served as Consul-General of FSM’s Consulate Office in Guam until his recent nomination by President Mori. His educational background includes a Masters degree from the Monash University in Australia and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Economic from Missouri.

3. Gillian Doone, Assistant Director of the Office of SBOC.

The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Nipake Natapei, has resulted the best decision of the forum, that is to defer raising the concerns of West Papua.  There was no mention at all in the communiqué on the West Papua issue.  Recently, Papuan enjoys  the democracy that develops in the Unitary Republic of Indonesia. Thank for a uniquely PAC’s approach to Papua in order for democracy to develop and endure in Indonesia’s easternmost province.