Figir Lost the plot asking president to terminate the Compact by 2018

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  • 10 WHEREAS, the recent words and deeds of United States
    11 policymakers suggest they view the Amended Compact as an act of
    12 charity by the United States rather than a treaty between two
    13 sovereign nations; and
    14 WHEREAS, the United States has abused its majority on the
    15 US-FSM Joint Economic Management Committee (JEMCO) to force
    16 through resolutions contrary to the interests of the Federated
    17 States of Micronesia; and
    18 WHEREAS, most recently, the United States members of JEMCO
    19 have unilaterally made drastic cuts to the funding of the
    College of Micronesia-FSM without prior discussion or
    2 consultation with leaders of the Federated States of
    3 Micronesia; and
    4 WHEREAS, the United States Senate Committee on
    5 Appropriations has recently recommended that the United States
    6 Department of Homeland Security consider establishing a pre
    7 screening process and requiring advanced permission for
    8 prospective travelers from the Federated States of Micronesia
    9 and other Freely Associated States to enter the United States;

    Can these accusations be confirmed by some inside sources?
    Just for the little people info here lol
  • When it comes to Money, we dont need US.. Every countries want to give us money... US is playing with our minds making us think that we need them more... For sure we need their defense... But every country can give us money.... Figir is confident enough to think that Asian countries cannot trick him.. Which i think that only confident strong leaders think such way... But some of us (including me) is afraid of starting all over, which i can understand that figir and Christian are not afraid of. But do your research and you'd find out that US owe a lot of money to other countries.. were the only country running after US... That is why ISIS hate US because US make people think that theyre everything....

    But geographically, US need us more than we need them... Look at the Map and you will find out that Micronesia is in the middle where US can set up their missiles and destroy other big countries... Why do you think when Korea threatens to strike, US set up all their equipments in the micronesia? We are small and we the farthest place they have from the US.

    I am AGAINST, having to stop the compact.. But i wonder why people think Isaac figir is stupid?
  • NUTS!!! NUTS!!!

    You will lose trying to negotiate this ways, boys!! Uncle Sam has a reputation in the international community to protect and trust my words~ FSM does not hold the key to US success in the NP. It would be nice to have it as it is now, but losing you will not mean too much to Uncle Sam.

    You will be the one to suffer the aftermath~ think wisely, you will not make the final decisions on this one. Your people will~ my prediction on that one? They will embarrass you, they will support uncle Sam and you will be looking like the "outsider" lol.

    Be honest in your self/government evaluations... hehe... SIWINI GOZZZZ..
  • & the US use both cunningly and covertly...lol
  • Yes they can be cunning and ruthless but they definitely aren't blind and stupid! as evident by this report:

    1. (C) SUMMARY. During a recent trip to Chuuk, which is the
    most populous state in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM),
    Ambassador encountered a deepening spiral of economic and social
    deterioration. With reluctance, the state government has
    embarked on a mandated program of reform. A core component of
    that exercise, which was a commitment to cut some 380 state
    positions by October 31, has been delayed and subject to
    manipulation. Although many employees were abruptly terminated
    on March 7, the FSM Government and the U.S. Department of the
    Interior have still not received from Chuuk a final
    reduction-in-force (RIF) list. Beneath an amiable and
    disengaged exterior, Chuuk's Governor clearly resents the
    imposition of reform and infrastructure projects. He and others
    have begun to question President Mori's judgment. End Summary.

    GOVERNOR DALLIES WITH REFORM

    2. (SBU) During a visit to the state of Chuuk March 11-14,
    Ambassador Hughes observed deepening decline. Chuuk is the
    largest state in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM),
    containing more than half the nation's population. In the midst
    of electricity blackouts, social decay and rising out-migration,
    Chuuk's Governor Wesley Simina remains genial and popular. He
    recently launched a campaign for a second term in office for
    elections that will take place in March 2009. At this stage, he
    has no opponents.

    3. (SBU) Simina reassured Ambassador that a reduction-in-force
    (RIF) and other reform measures, which the U.S. helped broker
    last July, were well under way. However, the RIF of some 380
    state employees, which is a centerpiece of the austerity plan
    that is embodied in a Memorandum of Understanding between the
    Governor and President Mori, has proceeded erratically, with
    only partial engagement on the Governor's part and veiled
    resistance by the Chuuk legislature. Employees who arrived at
    work on March 7 received notices of termination for the same
    day. Simina claimed over 300 workers departed quietly, and he
    has received only one written complaint. Each employee will
    eventually receive three weeks' severance pay and a lump sum
    emolument equivalent to one year's salary as part of a `soft
    landing' cushion provided by a Compact agreement and the U.S.
    Department of the Interior (DOI). Contrary to the reform
    agreement, however, Governor Simina hinted that he might
    reinstate some of the terminated employees in vacant
    Compact-funded positions, and then look for other volunteers to
    leave his government. Rumors abound that some of the lump sum
    compensation will be channeled to support the Governor's
    reelection campaign.

    4. (SBU) Ambassador noted that although the U.S.-FSM Joint
    Economic Management Committee (JEMCO) had approved in principle
    a lump sum grant totaling U.S. $2.3 million, actual release of
    the money would depend upon receipt of a credible, final RIF
    plan and conforming proof of state severance payments. So far,
    composition of the list has fluctuated and it has not moved
    forward from Chuuk to the FSM Office of Statistics, Budget,
    Overseas Assistance and Compact Management (SBOC). The
    Governor said his Attorney General, who heads the reform task
    force and is known as a crony, was working on the RIF list.

    5. (C) Meantime, the dedicated but struggling new Chuuk
    finance director whom President Mori installed, Gillian Doone
    (reftels), asserted privately to the Ambassador that he would
    personally check every state personnel action to ensure
    termination and to deny rehiring of the same people. The
    (American) Chairman of the Compact Finance Control Commission,
    Alan Burnham, whose independent oversight office is situated
    outside the government compound, additionally reassured
    Ambassador he would exercise the same vigilance. Neither of
    these capable officials has so far seen any personnel paperwork,
    however.

  • 6. (C) While Director of Administrative Services Doone
    continues to enforce strict control on runaway spending ploys by
    all branches of the state government, he claimed that personal
    intimidation has intensified, motivated by Chuukese politicans.
    "They are trying to break me down," he said. Doone is now the
    subject of two lawsuits for supposed non-payment of services.
    The terms of his state contract have been repeatedly challenged.
    Owing to threats against his family, he has removed his two
    daughters from school. In spite of such obstacles, Doone
    asserted he has dug in his heels and committed to stay for the
    duration of his contract, which expires in April 2009. He has

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    delivered three state radio broadcasts on the long-term benefits
    of austerity. If he succeeds in balancing the budget, it is
    conceivable that Gillian Doone could emerge as a hero and even
    make a run for office.

    (C) RISING SKEPTICISM OF PRESIDENT MORI

    7. (C) Like other friends and supporters of President Mori,
    Doone (strictly protect), raised some quiet but probing
    questions about recent judgment calls that may reflect on the
    political skills of the FSM President. Early praise for Mori's
    concerted initiative to lift his home state of Chuuk out of debt
    now shows signs of souring. Mori has maintained that the
    wellbeing of the entire nation depends upon progress in Chuuk.
    He has publicly staked his political career on fostering
    improvement. However, the four FSM states cherish their
    considerable Constitutional autonomy, and Chuuk, which has
    suffered from chronic insolvency, is ultimately the Governor's
    territory.

    8. (C) In general, Mori has exercised pressure on Governor
    Simina quietly and strategically. Publicly, the Governor
    continues to hail his collegial relationship and dialogue with
    the President, despite their differences. Recently, however, a
    strain has begun to show, reflecting Simina's pique that he may
    have lost control. When Ambassador asked about his priorities
    for Compact infrastructure projects, the Governor was vague.
    Then he suddenly launched into seething criticism of Mori's push
    to contract with a French company to undertake a preliminary
    survey of a Compact road construction project in the heart of
    Weno. During a visit to Chuuk the previous week, Mori and an
    FSM team vowed to compress the road survey timeline to six
    months. "And I don't even know that company. I didn't ask for
    this!" Simina steamed. He charged that Mori's initiative to
    centralize infrastructure projects "has done nothing for the
    states."
  • 9. (C) Governor Simina directed deepest venom at Mori's
    administration of a U.S. $4 million grant that China provided
    last September to support stabilization programs in Kosrae and
    Chuuk. Under Mori's personal direction, Chuuk's entire U.S.
    $3.5 million share of the grant was applied to reimburse debts
    to the FSM Government, including payments to Social Security,
    life insurance, the FSM Bank and income tax. Simina confided
    that he and his Attorney General had argued forcefully with the
    President for a portion of the grant. Simina claimed he had
    intended to use a modest amount to begin to repay U.S.
    Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans, whose default
    rate in Chuuk now exceeds 26%. However, the President ceded
    nothing.

    10. (C) Gillian Doone shared his confidential opinion that
    Mori's hard line on the China grant had been a mistake that may
    have irrevocably alienated state leaders. Criticism of recent
    actions by Mori additionally emerged in conversations with
    officials of Chuuk's judiciary branch and the business
    community, who include some members of Mori's extended family.
    They expressed astonishment and concern about several of Mori's
    Cabinet appointments. In particular, the newly installed FSM
    Attorney General Maketo Robert (Chuukese) is a well known
    troublemaker in Chuuk, who has earned notoriety by reportedly
    profiting from illicit land deals. Robert authored a (failed)
    FSM Congressional bill that would have conferred amnesty on
    Congressmen who had been convicted of criminal conduct. Robert
    is currently suspended from the bar owing to other malpractice
    allegations.

    11. (C) A leader of Chuuk's women's association told the
    Ambassador, "Everyone is whispering about Maketo, Maketo, Maketo
    Robert. He has done bad things in Chuuk. What is the matter
    with President Mori?" A seasoned state official opined that
    Mori seemed to have caved to pressure by some corrupt FSM
    Senators. He predicted that a bullying Congress, which carries
    preponderant weight in the FSM Government, now "has Mori over a
    barrel." Perceiving weakness, such a Congress might get its way
    with the President for the next three years of his term of
    office, with the potential to cause significant disruption, the
    official said.
  • WHILE THE QUALITY OF LIFE UNRAVELS

    12. (SBU) As political intrigue deepens at the national level,
    conditions in Chuuk continue to unravel. Chuuk's population of
    approximately 54,000 is concentrated in the capital island of
    Weno and additionally scattered among some 24 principal islands
    and more than 200 outer islands and islets, which are situated
    some 140 to 160 miles away from the capital. Political will is
    weak among these dispersed populations, with the possible
    exception of the island of Faichuuk, whose citizens have
    mobilized vociferously to support secession as a fifth FSM

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    state. Faichuuk is located outside Chuuk lagoon, which is one
    of the largest lagoons in the world, where U.S. forces sank more
    than 60 Japanese warships in World War Two.

    13. (SBU) Today, intra-island ship traffic within and beyond
    the lagoon has almost ground to a halt owing to the economic
    crisis and rising price of fuel, which costs more than US $5 a
    gallon. The Chuukese complained that construction material,
    food and basic medical supplies can no longer reach most of the
    islands. Small motor boats, which transport people and their
    sparse supplies, are dangerous outside Chuuk's protective reef,
    where weather is unpredictable. A sizeable vessel that China
    donated remains moored in Weno harbor. The `Chief Milo' makes
    only occasional runs because its outmoded engine consumes
    inordinate amounts of fuel. China's Ambassador Liu Fei told
    Ambassador Hughes she is frustrated by the ship's inoperability.
    So far, Beijing has failed to authorize a costly proposal of
    Ambassador Liu to return the ship to China to replace its
    inefficient engine, she said.

    14. (SBU) While the Peace Corps has a few volunteers in Weno,
    they removed most all others from the lagoon islands following a
    2007 inspector general's report. Three volunteers remain in the
    Mortlocks, about 140 miles from Weno, where a small landing
    strip can accommodate occasional flights by Caroline Air. The
    FSM Peace Corps Director described to Ambassador a trip he
    recently made with a female Peace Corps official to assess the
    inner lagoon island of Fefan, which is the birthplace of
    President Mori. The Peace Corps officials encountered
    excrement-smeared docks and aggressive harassment by Chuukese
    youths aimed at the female visitor. They departed immediately.
  • 15. (SBU) In Weno, raw sewage extrudes along side streets,
    houses and disintegrating schools, most of which lack working
    lavatories. Water pipes and storage tanks are contaminated,
    including in Chuuk's sole, dilapidated hospital. The Public
    Safety Director's office will not receive calls after 5:30 pm, a
    `911' number rarely works, and the Harbor Master said he had
    not held port drills "in a long, long time," although he seems
    to keep a close eye on local traffic. Chuuk's Chief Justice,
    who said his department will lose 43 employees in the RIF,
    acknowledged a backlog of over 3,000 court cases. Many paper
    files were lost; nothing was automated.

    16. (SBU) Telephone, telecommunications and electricity
    services have all begun to break down for protracted periods
    owing to lack of revenue collection. One of the hospital's two
    overworked surgeons commented that patients regularly contract
    diseases in the hospital that they did not have before they came
    in. Owing to the lack of an automatic switch on the electrical
    generator, surgical procedures are subject to brief but
    potentially mortal blackouts. "When that happens, we try to
    stop cutting," remarked a Philippino surgeon, who pleaded for
    immediate assistance with beds, doctors, an incinerator,
    stretchers and a sea transport ambulance.

    COMMENT - A DEPENDENCY SYNDROME IMPEDES PROGRESS

    17. (C) In the face of a massive economic and systemic
    breakdown, the people of Chuuk seemed resigned. An inability to
    hold leaders to account and an attachment to aid as a panacea
    contribute to local immobilization. Ambassador spoke to the
    chamber of commerce and Chuuk's main women's organization about
    initiatives they could undertake at the grassroots level.
    Drawing upon remarks that Secretary Rice recently made at
    Georgetown University, Ambassador described how some countries
    had adapted to globalization and seized opportunities to
    strengthen the rule of law and generate income. In general,
    however, audiences responded with questions about Compact
    benefits, transit visas for Chinese, and international
    assistance. While reforms imposed from the top down may
    eventually advance reform in Chuuk, it is clear that they will
    also generate resistance aimed at protecting vested interests.
    Some observers maintain that Chuuk is inherently `ungovernable.'
    A crisis of confidence in President Mori could further
    exacerbate instability.
  • 18. (SBU) Chuukese are now departing for the United States in
    record numbers. Some of those who remain behind fear that an
    unforeseen calamity, such as a cholera epidemic or a typhoon,
    could wipe out vulnerable island populations. Timing is
    propitious now to consider novel approaches aimed at inspiring
    civic engagement and empowering more citizens. The Embassy has
    discussed with DOI and others ways to think outside the box and
    engage the Chuukese in relevant types of transformational
    diplomacy. DOI's new financial management software for the FSM
    has begun to work in Chuuk. The hospital needs immediate
    attention in areas where the Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention may be able to help. From the ground up, other
    opportunities exist, including to: restore 24-hour radio

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    service and increase public broadcasts; stimulate awareness of
    more practicable approaches to land ownership; and encourage
    small-scale business development. In a state that has descended
    close to rock bottom, progress will be gradual. However, the
    Micronesians note and appreciate American attention that is
    aimed at helping them build their own capacity.
  • END

    Just some bed time stories..hehe
  • Another short bedtime story: The Wizard of ...

    1. (SBU) On July 11, Chuuk State Governor Wesley Simina
    abruptly fired President Mori's handpicked and staunchly
    determined fiscal manager, Gillian Doone, who made major headway
    in balancing the budget of a bankrupt state. Governor Simina
    simply cited "repeated insubordination" as the cause of
    dismissal. The U.S.-FSM Joint Economic Management Committee
    (JEMCO), which makes annual decisions about Compact funds,
    conditioned release of major assistance to Chuuk on the
    appointment of a financial manager of high competence and
    integrity. Doone was one of the few Micronesians who was
    prepared to take on such a difficult and unpopular mission, and
    he did so expressly at the President's request. However, Doone
    was on contract to the Governor, who resisted reform, pandered
    to an opportunistic legislature and sought the release of funds
    for his own reelection, according to many observers.

    2. (SBU) FSM Foreign Affairs Secretary Lorin Robert told
    Ambassador that President Mori's high hopes for reform in the
    FSM's largest and most desperate state were dashed by the loss
    of Doone. Mori was also exceedingly angry, Robert said.
    Governor Simina had not called or written to the President to
    explain his action. Also, Simina declined to attend Mori's
    meeting with FSM Governors in Kosrae this week, which will
    include important sessions on possible Compact cutbacks and tax
    reform. In his place, Simina reportedly sent his Lieutenant
    Governor.

    3. (SBU) In the absence of communication from Simina, Secretary
    Robert said President Mori composed and conveyed a stinging,
    personal letter to the Governor on July 16. Mori reportedly
    wrote, "I will condition my further support to you" on the
    appointment of another financial manager of the caliber of
    Gillian Doone. Mori recommended former FSM Vice President
    Redley Killion as a replacement. However, Killion, who is
    currently running in opposition to Simina in gubernatorial
    elections that will take place next spring, is unlikely to put
    his neck in the noose of such an untenable position. Mori is
    fully aware that it will be very, very difficult to effectively
    replace Doone. Robert said the President concluded his letter
    with an admonition to Simina that he must "share a plan for
    replacing Gillian with some one else who has the backbone to say
    No - and not be a puppet. This must be someone who is
    acceptable to myself and to the (U.S.) Department of the
    Interior," Mori wrote.

    4. (U) While Chuuk is reeling from this development, Doone may
    be preparing to run for office as an FSM Senator, representing
    Chuuk in elections that will occur in March 2009. To many,
    Doone has become a public hero. In an on-line blog, Doone said
    events that led to his termination included: a lawsuit he
    launched to determine the state constitutional legitimacy of
    additional allowances for Chuukese legislators; questionable
    severance payments to so-called employees who lost their jobs in
    a mandated reduction-in-force, to which the U.S. contributed
    over USD 2 million in Compact compensation; and his perception
    of improper payments to Chuuk's utilities corporation, which the
    Governor authorized when no funds were available.

    5. (SBU) The night before Doone was fired, a reliable American
    source in Chuuk observed Governor Simina drinking in a bar until
    the early morning hours with FSM Secretary of Resources and
    Development Peter Christian (Pohnpei State). Christian was in
    Chuuk to transact a transfer of oil terminal assets from Chuuk
    State to a new national petroleum corporation (Kolonia 103.)
    Within an FSM national Cabinet fraught with political schisms,
    some believe the Pohnpeians are scheming to destabilize
    President Mori and his Chuukese cohorts. If Christian did
    indeed influence the Governor to dismiss Doone, he may have
    succeeded in delivering a significant blow to President Mori and
    to FSM stability and progress.

    And they lived happily ever after ?...
    To be continued...
  • so TT is that good or bad?
  • Umm, and what have I told you!!! FIX, DOUBLE FIX, TRIPLE FIX, BLOCK HOLES AND NEGOTIATE AND RENEGOTIATE ... Beside the nuclear happenings~ USA has done her share of assurance of survival in your turf... with your unstable and unpredictable wishy-washy attitude ~ you have failed to do your assurances.... this relationship with USA is very special~ have you taken the time to learn how to nurture it and disciplines it when necessary!!!

    I am not saying US has no faults, I am simply saying can you honestly say that you have done your part in this relationship???? :)
  • edited November 2015
    Plot twist: 2018, President Donald Trump acts along with the US congress to deal with US internal financial problems and closes most of US military bases/military installations oversea due to escalating operational costs. President Trump then, hands the FSM, RMI and CNMI to the Chinese government as collateral and payment for loans that had been defaulted and overdue. The Chinese government relocates people of these three island nations to factory towns in mainland China and sets up missile systems on these islands to counter US military threat from Guam and Honolulu.
  • @nesianlore, be un e girdi ni ke pii e binau rok ni lease ko ETG ko chuur nga China?
  • Figir must have a secret plan. Only figir knows. Our lives in figir's and timids hands. Who is figir ?
  • Go to U.S. live there long enough to get your U.S. passport then visit this experiment they call the FSM. When the FSM fails, you have a strong country to fall back on. Make sure all of your loved ones have U.S. passports. Good luck. All men for themselves.
  • @Dezi haha dab kum mog ea tinir ya gabe karing ea murus ngomad uroi. Gube athpag ni athi binir ea clown ea nge yaan ko re liiw niir ya riin toy rebe border ngan liyeg ea riginey u Waab fa chi FSM ney LOL.
    RUMORS on the street is that Social Security Benefits for the FSM has been used as loan security but this is as always..rumors..breeding speculation...
    But even tho we're simple minded folks here -heavy borrowing with other foreign governments (ex: China) has to have some sort of collateral, that would be devastating if default upon.
    Ma rebe private jet rok ETG ea boch ngiyal ni dakirma tal ko yiib ngaray. Ran yaan nga airport ma ba park urom.
  • Their secret plan is a sugar coated deal with China...speculation again...
  • @nesianlore, haha sorry about that plot twist it was a bad joke..

    Do not worry guys we will be fine in the future. We do not need assistance from any big country to keep us going forward. There are even other small island nations in Melanesia and Polynesia who often looked at us and called us spoiled brat islands. They may have little but that does not keep them from striving and developing their islands on their own.
  • Yes we are lucky to have friends nearby and hopefully we don't alienate them anyway.
    Let's not forget that we are small islands and few people, fragile and young nations. Proceed with caution. We're acting like children who react with anger and backlash when Uncle takes away our iphone...Well you guys like to play with the iphone then there are rules attached to it. First of all, you can't use it to watch porn, but you can create memes of Uncle. Don't use it to phone that one friend I told you not too. Don't use up all the data up before your next allowance. Use it to get an education, not to take selfies. Don't lend the phone to anyone without Uncle's consent, because it is for you and Uncle only. Until such time you can be able to have it all to yourself, it'll be yours.
  • Good days are coming.... Congratulation to those Senators.
  • FSM probably has at least two option.
    (1) To opt for full-independence
    (2) renegotiate the current compact bilateral treaty arrangement in it's entirety. Most importantly the Strategic Denial Clause.
  • Interesting......let's see if Christian is tough enough to act on this. He has three years, I wonder how soon can he do it.
  • Ina CHOK...mORI HAS 8 YEARS OF NOTHING...DONT YOU THINK MAYBE SOMETHING COULD HAVE BEEN PREPARED BY NOW? LEAVE CHRISTIAN ALONE...HE IS ONLY 6 MONTHS IN OFFICE.....
  • I'm sure US Embassy has already done an analysis on the situation.
  • sounds like a politics game
  • Red, I agree that the denial clause needs to be explained to every adult, child and imbecile in the country first. There is so much ignorance about this clause and getting out of the Compact will not necessarily extinguish this perpetual proviso. Unless it changes, this compact is like a bad marriage, easy to get in but darn hard to get out.

    But like you, I believe that we are not really independent. What is that called in the U.N. Charter? A "not fully-independent state"? I think that no one is in that category except for us. I vote for a third choice and that is to put us back into a what we really are today - a territory. However, unlike Guam and American Samoa, we will seek to get an agreement for a mandatory provision to vote in 50 years to seek desire of any group of people (each island) wishing for true impendence or to remain with the territory status. At least we would have more trained people and better infrastructure.
  • I agree with Microspring, it also gives those among the citizens who were either too young, or not born yet, to vote for independence back in the 70's or 80's the chance to voice their ideas. It would only seem fair that we choose our own destiny, instead of being born into a fixed problem that was decided upon by many who are no longer living. Siro', but at least that is how I feel.
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