FSM President Christian’s address to the recent Association of Pacific Islands Legislators meeting in Guam
Mr. President, Officials and members, ladies and gentlemen, friends. Let me begin by thanking you all for inviting me to join you in this General Assembly of APIL.
I am very honored to be here, but I am a bit apprehensive about speaking before this body as a president addressing an assembly of leaders who by nature are the traditional, perfect enemies of the executive branch. It is either that this all is a trick, or this is one of God's holy sense of humors.
Oh, perhaps life has its own way of showing us its ways, astounding us with how sometimes being wrong can be good, or simply to be wrong on the right side. You have tasked me to speak on the deep and profound subject of keeping the spirit of unity throughout Micronesia—a subject rooted deep in my political commitments and deep in my heart,too; as it is one upon which my four years as the president of a small nation is founded, and for which I have travelled thru the islands to gain support.
We must, however, recognize that given also the geography, geopolitics, the particular differences in our cultures, our political history and the unique preferences of the individuals, instilling a sense of unity is easier said than done.
Impossible? No! We just have to work harder at it, harnessing the help of our traditional leaders, our elected government leaders, our church leaders, including those whose thoughts may be deviant, will assure us of having involved most who may have a similar wish that this spirit of unity come on and remain with us. Unity, and the spirit that inspires it, is a subject into which I have immersed my thoughts, and have become obsessively passionate, and at times been ridiculed by those who may have a different perspective or that simply dislike me. Only so much rhetoric can be poured on this subject to glorify it, yet none of that comes close to giving testimony that THAT spirit of unity is alive than by who I see here today, and the forum over which we stand to testify.
I am happy. I now am assured that what little has been done, and what little more I will do with your blessings is embodied and fostered in this association of legislators. I ask you to join me in this noble obsession.
As populations go, we are of little consequence to the world, but as a people we are known as Micronesians, inhabitants of these small islands for thousands of years, with a culture unique to us. This means something to us, and it is our solemn duty to not simply keep it alive ... but insist that for it we become more relevant to our world.