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US EMBASSY: To US Independence and RMI Friendship

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 08, 2004 - 05:21 AM
Remarks by US Ambassador Greta Morris

July 6, 2004

United States Embassy, Majuro, Marshall Islands




President Kessai Note and First Lady Mary Note, Members of the Cabinet, Members of the Nitijela, traditional leaders, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Colonel Jerry Brown and the Kwajalein delegation, friends from the Marshall Islands and from other nations, and my fellow Americans,

Welcome to this celebration of the 228th birthday of the United States of America!

UNITED STATES: House Resolution 410 Recognizes 25th Anniversary of RMI Constitution

Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 03, 2004 - 10:48 AM
US House to Recognize Marshall Islands in Vote Tuesday



On July 6, the United States House will consider House Concurrent Resolution 410 under suspension of the rules. The Resolution recognizes the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and recognizes the Republic of the Marshall Islands as a staunch ally of the United States, committed to principles of democracy and freedom for the Pacific region and throughout the world. H.Con. Res. 410, one of seven bills to be considered Tuesday, is debatable for 40 minutes, may not be amended, and requires a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 PM.

  • Background for House Concurrent Resolution 410
  • Text of House Concurrent Resolution 410

  • UNITED STATES: Background on House Concurrent Resolution 410

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 03, 2004 - 10:22 AM
    Background for House Concurrent Resolution 410

    recognizing the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the

    Constitution of the Republic of the Marshall Islands




    The Marshall Islands were ruled under a succession of colonial regimes for 400 years, including under Spanish and German rule, followed in the 20th century by Japanese rule under the League of Nations system for governance of territories. Military activities of Imperial Japan based in the Marshall Islands before and during Word War II established the strategic importance of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. The Marshall Islands were liberated from Japanese military occupation in some of the most horrific battles of World War II, during which brave Marshallese people risked their lives to aid the Armed Forces of the United States and its allies.

    UNITED STATES: HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 410

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 03, 2004 - 10:11 AM
    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 410

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    April 30, 2004




    Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and recognizing the Marshall Islands as a staunch ally of the United States, committed to principles of democracy and freedom for the Pacific region and throughout the world.



    Mr. FLAKE (for himself, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Ms. BORDALLO, Mr. HOUGHTON, Ms. WATSON, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. CARDOZA, Mrs. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. ACEVEDO-VILA, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, and Mr. CASE) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations:

    US EMBASSY: President Note Will Represent Marshalls at Reagan Funeral

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 09, 2004 - 10:16 AM
    Marshalls' President Signs Condolences for Reagan at US Embassy

    President Note and Ambassador Morris

    The official memorial service for former President Reagan will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 11 at 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. President Kessai Kessai Note and Ambassador Banny DeBrum have been invited to represent the RMI at the state funeral.



    Before departing Majuro for Washington on Wednesday evening, President Note visited US Ambassador Greta Morris to personally express his condolences on behalf of the Marshallese people.

  • Letter of Condolence from President of the Marshall Islands

  • US INTERIOR: Marshalls, Micronesia, Palau Included for LA Business Conference

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jun 08, 2004 - 08:52 AM
    Interior Secretary Announces Conference To Showcase Islands' Business Opportunities



    (Washington, D.C., June 7, 2004) - Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced today that she will host a conference to showcase business opportunities in the seven island jurisdictions for which the Department has responsibility.



    The Secretary’s Conference on Business Opportunities in the Islands, to be held September 23 and 24 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, will highlight opportunities in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

    US House Concurrent Resolution 384 - "Bravo" Resolution

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 18, 2004 - 10:16 AM
    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 364

    as read during House floor proceedings on March 17, 2004


    The Clerk read as follows:



    H. Con. Res. 364



    Whereas on November 20, 2003, Congress, recognizing our Nation's historical responsibilities over the Former Trust Territory of the Marshall Islands and its successful transition from Trust Territory status to full independence in free association with the United States beginning in 1986, approved the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on December 17, 2003, becoming Public Law Number 108-188;

    UNITED STATES: Ambassador's Message at Bikini Atoll

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 02, 2004 - 11:02 PM
    The 50th Anniversary of the Bravo Test -- Bikini Remembrance Day

    Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Greta N. Morris

    at Bikini Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands


    Pres. Note and Ambassador Morris Visit Bikini

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Bravo test, and on behalf of the U.S. Government and the American people, I want to express my most sincere appreciation to the people of Bikini and of all the Marshall Islands for their contribution to the protection of the Free World during the Cold War era through the nuclear testing program. The important contributions of Marshall Islanders helped bring about a peaceful and successful end to the Cold War, which led to the establishment of democracy and freedom in many parts of the world. This tremendous contribution is something in which all Marshallese people should take pride.

    US State Department: RMI Human Rights 2003 Report Issued

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 27, 2004 - 09:22 AM
    Marshall Islands Human Rights Country Report Released



    The U.S. Department of State released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on February 25. The reports include individual assessments of 196 countries and, according to the introduction, "are designed to assess the state of democracy and human rights around the world, call attention to violations, and..prompt needed changes in [U.S.] policies toward particular countries."



    United States Ambassador Greta Morris personally delivered the first copies of the Marshall Islands Country Report to RMI Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerald Zackios. The presentation took place at the Capitol Building in Delap this morning.



    2003 Human Rights Country Report - Marshall Islands

    United State Department: RMI Human Rights

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 27, 2004 - 09:08 AM
    2003 Human Rights Country Report

    United States Department of State (Washington, DC)


    MARSHALL ISLANDS


    The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a self-governing nation under the Compact of Free Association with the United States. The Constitution provides for executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The legislature consists of a 33-member Parliament (Nitijela), as well as a Council of Chiefs (Iroij), which serves a largely consultative function dealing with custom and traditional practice. In November, the Nitijela was elected in free and fair elections from lists of independent and party candidates. The President is elected by majority Nitijela vote and appoints his Cabinet from its membership. In 2000, the Nitijela elected Kessai Note to a 4-year term as President. The Constitution provides for an independent judiciary; however, judges are appointed by the Cabinet, and past governments have attempted to influence the judiciary.

    US Resolution: Partnership with Marshalls Noted on BRAVO Anniversary

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 25, 2004 - 10:23 PM
    US House Recognizes "Cost of Peace" Paid by Marshall Islands

    Rep. Pombo

    Fourteen United States representatives lent their names to a resolution submitted to Congress yesterday recognizing more than 5 decades of strategic partnership between the United States and the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The resolution declares a solemn regard for the cost of preserving peace, and the importance of the nuclear weapon test code-named Bravo at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on March 1, 1954. Also noted is the RMI's "unmatched record of working in conjunction with the leadership of the United States in the pursuit of international peace and security, the rights and well-being of the peoples of the world, and in the War on Terrorism."



    House Concurrent Resolution 364, sponsored by Rep. Richard W. Pombo [CA-11], Resources Committee Chairman, was introduced February 24 and referred to the House Committee on International Relations the same day. Today in mark-up, the Chair received unanimous consent for consideration of the resolution under suspension of the rules in the House, and there was no objection.

    US Office of Insular Affairs: FY 2005 Proposed Budget

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 03, 2004 - 09:32 AM
    THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR OFFICE OF INSULAR AFFAIRS

    Bush Administration Proposes FY 2005 for Islands


    The Republic of the Marshall Islands to receive $61.1 million in grants including $7.6 million to Trust Fund



    The President has proposed a budget of $384 million for insular area programs administered through the Office of Insular Affairs. This includes $305.1 million in permanent funding that reflects long-term commitments made to the insular areas that are guaranteed in law.

    US Department of Interior: Compact Statement

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Dec 19, 2003 - 09:13 AM
    Secretary Norton Applauds President's Signing of Compact Legislation



    WASHINGTON--Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton today praised President George W. Bush’s signing yesterday of legislation to approve amendments to the Compacts of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. The legislation provides approximately $3.5 billion over the next 20 years to the two Central Pacific nations, as well as $600 million of “Compact Impact” aid over that same period to Hawaii, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    US EMBASSY: Army Recruitment Announcement for Marshall Islands

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 20, 2003 - 08:59 AM
    Embassy Of The United States Of America

    Majuro, Republic Of The Marshall Islands


    PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: MILITARY ENTRANCE TEST


    United States Army recruiter Sergeant Kalani Kaneko will visit Majuro October 23-29, 2003 for the purpose of interviewing young men and women, citizens of the RMI or the U.S., from age 17 to 34, who desire to serve in the U.S. military.



    The enlistment test will be given to qualified applicants at Assumption High School at 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 25 and again at 2:00 PM. The test will also be given at Marshall Islands High School on Monday, October 27 at 8:30 AM.

    US Ambassador to Bid Farewell to Marshall Islands

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 05, 2003 - 02:39 AM
  • Ambassador says farewell to Marshalls during Embassy celebration honoring vets


  • Senko & Brush Farewells

    Michael J. Senko, United States Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Kiribati, bid a farewell to the islands during the Majuro Embassy's Fourth of July Celebration. Both Senko and Jennifer L. Brush, Deputy Chief of Mission, will be leaving the Marshall Islands within a month or so. The farewells came during the Embassy's American Independence Day bash. Ambassador Senko also delivered a message from US President George Bush. Last week, the US Senate confirmed the Bush nominatee, Greta Morris, as the new Ambassador for the Marshalls.

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    New US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Confirmed by Senate

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 01, 2003 - 11:01 AM
  • Morris Confirmed as New US Ambassador to the Marshalls


  • Greta N. Morris, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, has received approval from Congress to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

    US Congressman Urges Immediate Renewal of Compact

    Contributed by YokweOnline on May 14, 2003 - 10:34 AM
  • Rep. Duncan calls Marshallese allies, comrades and survivors, not victims




  • Congress should renew the Compact of Free Association between the Marshall Islands and the United States before it expires, thereby sustaining a bipartisan foreign policy and national security success story, said a congressman in extended remarks to the US House recently.



    "Clearly, from a strategic point of view alone, U.S. interests preclude letting the compact lapse," said Congressman John Duncan (Rep-Tennessee), referring to the use of the Marshall Islands' largest atoll, Kwajalein, for missile defense.

    Implement Finance Laws and Supervise Offshore, Report Advises RMI

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 09, 2003 - 08:41 PM
  • New US State Report Commends RMI, but Requests Follow-up of Legislation and Overview of Off-shore Sector




  • RMI has addressed major deficiencies which might lead to illegal financial operations, but it needs to implement the new legislation and increase supervision of offshore sector, according to a United States Department of State report released this month. The "2002 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report" by the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, working in tandum with The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the Department of the Treasury, has issued the annual fact sheets on major drug-transit, money laundering, and financial crimes, as well as designating which countries have met the goals and objectives of the UN Drug Convention.



    For the RMI, the most notable 2002 accomplishment, was the Marshall Islands' removal from the FATF NCCT list after the Islands enacted significant legislative reforms. Laws and procedures put into place last year, now, must be implemented. More attention needs to be given to the 5,500 non-resident corporations (NRCs) which cause additional problems for law enforcement. The RMI must amend laws to criminalized the financing of terrorists and terrorism, advises the Report.

    US Interior: Ramona Jones Named Special Advisor for Economic Policy for the Insular Areas

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 02, 2003 - 11:43 AM


    With the appointment of Special Economic Advisor Ramona Jones who is a Chamorro, the ranking positions in the the Insular Office of the US are held by individuals of territorial ancestry. Both Deputy Assistant Secretary David Cohen and Director Nikolao Pula are of Samoan heritage. "In the history of the Office of Insular Affairs, never has there been a stronger commitment to the people this office represents than during the Bush administration, " said Jones.

    UNITED STATES: Administration Proposes FY2004 Budget for Islands

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Feb 05, 2003 - 12:16 AM
    "Modified" Compact will dramatically improve accountability, says DOI



    The Department of Interior reported that the Administration is developing a proposal to renew financial assistance for the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia for an additional 20 years. The modified Compact will provide $149.4 million in a permanent appropriation for grant assistance to the two aforementioned freely associated states, as well as $1.0 million for audits. The budget will also include a permanent $15.0 million appropriation for mitigation aid to Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii to be allocated according to a formulation that is currently being developed by OIA. The modified Compact will dramatically improve the accountability requirements on the part of the FAS governments and provide for much more on-site monitoring of the grant funding being provided. To fulfill these new requirements, OIA will set up a Compact Office in Hawaii, as well as station personnel in the U.S. embassies. The budget includes $820,000 in current funding for OIA to continue supporting the additional staffing needed to monitor the Compact grant funding.

    US Interior News: Strength of Public Auditors Will be Factor in Awarding Interior Grants

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Dec 03, 2002 - 11:22 PM
    THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR OFFICE OF INSULAR AFFAIRS

  • Strength of Public Auditors Will be Factor in Awarding Interior Grants




  • (HONOLULU, Hawaii, December 3, 2002) The level of economic assistance that each U.S. territory or freely associated state will receive from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs will be determined in part by the "strength and independence" of its public auditor's office, an official announced today. Additionally, the official said that responsiveness in addressing issues raised in audits will be considered in the process of awarding discretionary grants to these governments and other island grant recipients.



    Speaking before a meeting of the Island Governments Financial Officers Association, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior David B. Cohen said that the Office of Insular Affairs will look at how well each jurisdiction's public auditor's office is functioning as one of the factors to determine how millions of dollars of discretionary grants will be allocated each year. The Office of Insular Affairs provides grants and technical assistance to the U.S. territories of American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as to the freely associated states of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.

    US State Department Release Two Reports on the Marshall Islands

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Oct 17, 2002 - 09:12 PM
  • JUST RELEASED: Religious Freedom Report 2002 and Country Background Notes 2002



  • Reports released this month by the US State Department present a current overview of religious, governmental and social affairs in the Marshall Islands.


    On October 7, 2002, the Marshall Islands report of the annual International Religious Freedom Report, from the the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, was released. The Annual Report on International Religious Freedom contains an introduction, executive summary, and a chapter describing the status of religious freedom in each of 195 countries throughout the world.


    The updated Country Background Notes for the Marshall Islands was released October 17, 2002 by the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Latest information on people, government, political status, economy and foreign relations is presented in a fact sheet form.

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    News Links - United States Involvement in the Pacific Region

    Contributed by YokweOnline on Jul 25, 2002 - 06:04 PM
  • Colloquy on Compact Impact Reimbrsement for Hawaii



  • I would like to ask the chairman to consider Hawaii's case to support the appropriations that we have requested and to reimburse Hawaii at least part of the $100 million that we have spent thus far in this national defense program.


  • MDA Plans Rigorous Countermeasures Tests Prior To 2004



  • MDA is proceeding with the development of an initial testbed capability, which will include a variety of upgrades to capabilities at Vandenberg AFB,and the Ronald Reagan Test Center on Kwajalein Atoll, as well as the addition of radar capabilities.


  • US Passport Fees Will Go up on August 19



  • About 70,000 passports are processed annually in the region that includes Hawai'i, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Taiwan, Koror, Kolonia, Majuro, Kwajalein and Johnston Island, Josephs said.


  • U.S. Seeks to Promote Stability, Growth in Pacific Islands


  • Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew P. Daley Statement: The U.S. greatly values the generally pro-U.S. stance of the Pacific island nations in foreign policy and we are committed to maintaining our involvement in the region.


  • Committed to Helping Developing Pacific Island Nations
  • Ambassador Mary Beth West, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans:


    SPREP is the best opportunity for us to both influence regional Pacific environmental policies and encourage coordinated approaches on environmental and sustainable development issues.
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