13 April 2011

Chile’s Special Envoy visits freely associated Federated States of Micronesia


Special Envoy Jose Antonio Cousino of Chile seeks expanded diplomatic relations.

Press Release

 The acting secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Kandhi A. Elieisar, recently received a visit by Jose Antonio Cousino, a special envoy of the Republic of Chile.

The purpose of Cousino’s visit to the Federated States of Micronesia was to discuss and explore ways to strengthen and enhance relationship between the two countries, having established diplomatic relations in March 1990.

Cousino also raised an issue regarding Chile’s candidacy to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period of 2011 to 2014, to which the acting secretary expressed FSM’s support.

As a way forward to enhancing relations between the two countries, Cousino expressed and confirmed Chile’s interest to establish an honorary counsel and/or a roving ambassador representation to the FSM, and solicited the department’s assistance in advising of potential suitable candidates.

Cousino also indicated that Chile is ready to explore developmental cooperative initiatives with the FSM, notably, in areas of health, nutrition, economic development, and infrastructure/housing projects.

A visa waiver agreement was also tabled by Cousino for the FSM’s consideration, including an invitation for the island nation to participate in diplomatic courses offered under the auspices of the Chile Diplomatic Academy.

Joining Acting Secretary Kandhi A. Elieisar were Assistant Secretary Ricky F. Cantero, Deputy Assistant Secretary Carson Mongkeya and Foreign Service Officer Stacy Yleizah.

Caribbean Dependencies to be focus of continued UK Military presence in region

Anguilla News



"The Royal Navy will continue to provide a permanent presence in the Caribbean, able to respond to the full range of foreseeable contingencies" -  UK Governor of Anguilla.

The Royal Navy is to continue its permanent presence in the Caribbean, focused mainly on Overseas
Territories, according to a release from the Governor's Office. As part of its duties, a naval ship will also visit Anguilla at some point over the summer, with details and dates to follow. The release from the Governor's Office is as follows:

"The primary purpose of the Royal Navy in the Caribbean is to deliver security and reassurance to the UK Overseas Territories, specifically in disaster relief operations. In addition, the Royal Navy has been able to offer support to other Caribbean countries in the event of disasters. For example, it provided support last year to communities in St. Lucia hit by the effects of Hurricane Tomas.

The Royal Navy will continue to provide a permanent presence in the Caribbean, able to respond to the full range of foreseeable contingencies. In the event of a humanitarian disaster, it will deliver initial military assistance. During 2011 this will be provided by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, enhanced with a naval party and helicopter during the hurricane season (1 June – 30 November). This will provide a broadly comparable capability to previous years.

When Royal Naval vessels are not engaged in disaster support activity, spare capacity is used to disrupt and interdict consignments of illicit narcotics trafficked through the region en route from Latin America to the UK, Europe and the US. This work has been highly successful."