US Ambassador to FSM Talked about consequences for Chuuk Separation
In front of a huge crowd of about 400 people in the Chuuk High School Gym, on July 18, 2018 on Weno, the US Ambassador to the FSM Robert Riley talked about the consequences if Chuuk decides to be separated from the FSM. These consequences include (1) the Chuuk State citizens will no longer be able to go to the US without a visa, (2) will no longer be able to live and work in the US, (3) those Chuukese living in the US will be sent back to Chuuk, (4) US financial assistance will no longer be available, (5) US agencies in Chuuk will move out, (6) Chuuk will not get anything from the Trust Fund, (6) no new Compact Agreement for Chuuk, (7) services provided from the US Coast Guard for search and rescue will no longer be available, (8) no disaster assistance will be provided, (9) if Chuuk is attacked by a foreign country, the US will not come to its rescue, After the opening remarks by the Ambassador, during question and answer session, Tatashy Wainit, a member of the Chuuk Separation Commission was the first one to make comments and asked questions. Mr. Wainit started by requesting the Ambassador to request the US Government to please give one more Compact Agreement with Chuuk despite the fact that the Ambassador already stated earlier that the US Government will not negotiate a new Compact Agreement with Chuuk State. Mr. Wainit continued by citing the words of previous US officials to show why the US should support the independent movement for Chuuk but the Ambassador was not conviced. Mr. Wainit was followed by Mr. Johnny Meipen another member of the Independent Movement who insulted the Ambassador by questioning why he is in Chuuk after all these years and his suspicion regarding the timing of his visit. He went on by bragging about his qualification as a lawyer, his thorough understanding of the Compact and his disappointment for the US Ambassador's visit. Clearly, after listening to Wainit and Meipen, it is certain that these two gentlemen are pushing for Chuuk's separation. These two gentlemen were followed by lawyer/CEO Kembo Mida and Jack Fritz who warned the Chuukese people to make sure that they fully understand the separation issue first before making a decision. Mida said that the separation commission failed to do a thorough research on the issue before bringing it to the Chuukese people to decide. There were other speakers that followed, but the unfortunate one was the last one who fainted by the podium and was carried out by the audience without completing his comments. In my opinion, the presentation by the Ambassador went very well and was well understood by the people who attended meeting.