Tuvalu's Foreign Minister

Forum leaders concerned at Micronesia threat

The heads of state from Palau, Nauru, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands issued the warning in a communiqué earlier this month.

The statement came at the end of their Micronesian Leaders' Summit and said the five nations would leave the Forum if their nominee for the regional group's Secretary-General was not given the role.

They indicated there had been a 'gentlemen's agreement' that the next Secretary-General would be from Micronesia.