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Tuvalu – United States relations are bilateral relations between Tuvalumarker and the United Statesmarker.

Relations between the two countries are generally amicable, or neutral, but there have been notable disagreements regarding the issues of climate change and the Kyoto Protocol. Tuvalu and the United States maintain official diplomatic relations, although there is no US embassy in Funafutimarker, and no Tuvaluan embassy in Washingtonmarker. The United States ambassador to Fijimarker is accredited to Tuvalu. Tuvalu maintains a diplomatic presence in the United States through its Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New Yorkmarker.

The main point of friction between Tuvalu and the United States has been the latter's non-ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. Tuvalu is suffering severe environmental damage due to climate change, and has repeatedly urged the United States to do more to reduce its pollution levels. In 2002, Tuvaluan Prime Minister Koloa Talake threatened to take the United States to the International Court of Justicemarker for its refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. He was prevented from doing so by his subsequent defeat in that year's general election. More recently, in 2007, Tuvalu's Deputy Prime Minister Tavau Teli called upon all countries to "make an effort to reduce their emissions before it is too late for countries like Tuvalu".

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References

  1. US Department of State
  2. "Talake, Luka Tussle For PM In Island Nation Polls", Samisoni Pareti, Pacific Magazine, August 1, 2002
  3. "Tuvalu sinking, cries for help", Fiji Times, September 14, 2007


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