Chuuk FSM Senator introduces resolution on Chuuk secession

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

August 2, 2018

Palikir, Pohnpei—During the Fifth Special Session of the 20th FSM Congress, Chuuk’s Senator Robson Romolow introduced a resolution (C.R. 20-119) regarding the upcoming referendum for his State to secede from the FSM.

The resolution did not reach the floor of Congress for consideration during the short fifth special session but is still open for consideration in a future session.

Romolow’s proposed resolution says that “there are many unanswered questions with regards to the financial future and financial stability for Chuuk should it secede from the Federation.”

It says that “the governments of the Federated States of Micronesia and the United States have both expressed that an independent Chuuk nation will not be eligible for any funds from the Compact Trust Fund or otherwise.”

Finally it says that the “leadership and constituents from the Northwest Region of Chuuk have also expressed their concern regarding the potential referendum.”

The proposed resolution asks the 20th Congress of the FSM to request the Governor of the State of Chuuk to reconsider moving forward with the referendum related to Chuuk’s secession from the Federated States of Micronesia.