|November 8, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|WASHINGTON, D.C.—FALEOMAVAEGA SELECTED FOR UNITED STATES DELEGATION TO U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING|
| Congressman Eni F.H.
Faleomavaega (D-AS), Ranking Democrat of the House International Relations
Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, today announced that he will
be attending this week’s meeting of the United Nations General Assembly
as a member of the United States delegation led by President George W.
Bush and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John D. Negroponte.
The U.S. delegation will also include House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, House International Relations Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee Chairman Ben Gilman and International Relations Committee member Steve Chabot.
In a letter to President Bush,
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert recommended that Faleomavaega and Congressman
Chabot (R-OH) be appointed as Congressional Delegates to the United
Nations for the 56th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.
“I am extremely honored that Speaker Hastert nominated me for this important position and I look forward to working with President Bush and Ambassador Negroponte in strengthening America’s leadership in this most vital of international forums,” stated Faleomavaega. “Despite the horrific attacks of September 11th in New York, over 150 heads of state/government are expected to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting, where President Bush will forcefully urge their commitment and support of efforts to eliminate terrorism worldwide.”
In addition to the anti-terrorism and security agenda, Faleomavaega noted the U.S. delegation will be briefed on U.N. peacekeeping operations around the world, the status of Afghanistan refugees, continuing management and budgetary reforms at the U.N., and an inspection of the site of the World Trade Center attacks.
“While at the United Nations, I look forward to meeting with the leaders of the Pacific Island nations, especially Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa. This is a great opportunity to review regional concerns, such as global climate warming, integration of island economies into the international mainstream, and security developments in the Pacific, among other matters. I also intend to discuss with U.N. officials the status of decolonization efforts with American Samoa,” concluded Congressman Faleomavaega.
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