Whipps standing firm on Pacific Forum leadership ultimatum

President Surangel Whipps Jr delivers his inaugural address, January 21. Photo: Richard Brooks

RNZ – 4:45 pm on 29 January 2021

The new president of Palau is standing by an ultimatum issued by Micronesian leaders over the top job in the Pacific Islands Forum.

Appointing a new Secretary General for the forum has been a divisive issue with Surangel Whipps Junior’s predecessor, Tommy Remengesau, issuing the ultimatum for the role to go to a candidate from Micronesia.

The former president and other Micronesian leaders had threatened to leave the Forum if the role went elsewhere saying there was a gentleman’s agreement to rotate the post by sub-region.

This week, in his first press conference, Whipps remained adamant Micronesia needed their concerns addressed.

“If we cannot honour our commitments we need to think about other alternatives which is we need to move out of this relationship.



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