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Attempt to Seek Independence from FSM likely to backfire on Chuuk State

The four states in Micronesia include: Pohnpei (with the FSM’s capital city in Palikir), Kosrae, Chuuk, and Yap. According to an expert on Micronesia, it is uncertain whether Chuuk will get a chance to break away from the Federated States of Micronesia. The independence push coming from some of the pioneers of Chuuk, one of the island that forms FSM.

Jerry Finin, the director of the East West Center, Pacific Islands Development Programme, said that the central government acted a massive role in the funding of states activities but if self governing established there would be more independence regarding about these kind of situations.

Moreover he said that even a referendum would not help the situation as the decision should be mainly made central government.

He also stated that it was doubtful whether USA would pursue  its Free Association Relations with another independent country in Micronesia  It was also revealed that long-term FSM is in a much better positions if all four states stick together.

Moreover he said that leaders in Chuuk need to consider about the long term consequences that Chuuk State would have to go through by breaking away from the Federated States of Micronesia. Some parties are not satisfied with their share of benefits from FSM’s Compact  of Free Association with the US.

But he said on the other hand it’s questionable as to whether the Chuuk would be in a better position if they did break away.

“All of this is sort of speculative at the moment and I think that it will garner a lot of attention both from the national government of the Federated States of Micronesia as well as from the US government but over the long-term FSM is I think in a much better position by staying together with the four states.”

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