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Murkowski, Young ask for meetings on proposed transnational Bering Strait park

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:22 am | Updated: 12:24 am, Thu Oct 31, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, both R-Alaska, have asked federal officials to schedule public meetings about a proposed agreement with Russia concerning a transnational park in the Bering Straits region.

Murkowksi and Young wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Monday. “Our understanding is that a memorandum of understanding has been agreed to by the Department of State and Russia, and that a delay in translating it for both sides is the reason it has not been released,” the letter said.

The Alaska officials said they had outlined their concerns about the idea last year but that “nothing has changed.”

“We ask that you engage directly with the Alaskans this arrangement will directly affect, that you schedule public meetings in our state to familiarize yourselves with local concerns, that you engage on this matter with the state of Alaska and that you convene government-to-government consultations with the Alaska Native tribes who are likely to be impacted,” the letter said.

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