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25 February 2021
Monday 8 February 2021 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional
Manihiki MP Henry Puna. PHOTO: CI NEWS. 14072815
The presidents of Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Palau issued a joint statement, saying they will start the formal process of leaving the Forum.
The leaders collectively expressed disappointment with the appointment process, which overlooked the Micronesian candidate Gerald Zackios.
They say a gentleman's agreement to rotate the Forum's top position among Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia was not honoured when a majority of Forum leaders chose Henry Puna of the Cook Islands.
Their departure reduces the Forum to 12 members, all of them in the South Pacific.