At the request of the Grand Ducal Cabinet of Flandrensis, the New Weddington Isles received a request for the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two micronations, which Lord Watitune and the Courts Baron (the New Weddington Parliament) have accepted.
HRH Nicholas de Mersch d’Oyenberghe, Grand Duke of Flandrensis said of the Treaty: “We only sign official treaties with other micronations on special occasions or when we notice a micronation who is in total alignment with Flandrensis’ foreign policy, climate policy, individual freedom policy, etc.
“Since a few months we have an eye on the New Weddington Isles. Within the micronational community they have an excellent reputation on diplomatic and respectful behaviour and spending a lot of energy and enthusiasm in developing the New Weddington Isles as a micronation and commitment to the environment.”
Lord Watitune, Lord of the Manor of the New Weddington Isles, added: “The New Weddington Isles prides itself on its commitment to both human rights and environmental issues; with a carbon offset plan, raising of issues through the Commonwealth People's Forum and interaction with like-minded micronations and groups.
“We have also been aware of the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis for some time and have been highly impressed with the work of HRH Nicholas of Flandrensis in the professional, pragmatic and mature approach taken to key issues of mutual interest and concern between the two micronations.
“Lord Watitune has always been fascinated by the still largely untouched continent of Antarctica - indeed the New Weddington Isles lie around 1000 miles to the north, in the South Pacific Ocean. He was fortunate to travel to the South Pole 10 years ago, conversing with a number of researchers there; an experience which had a profound impact upon His Lordship, as a place of nature largely outside of exploitation by humans and politics. Sadly Antarctica is inevitably impacted by human driven climate change elsewhere in the globe. We are delighted to partner with the Grand Duchy to work together on our common ground and raise this issue.”