28 May 2010

Palau status talks due in Guam

12:29 pm on 28 May 2010

Leaders from the US and Palau will meet in Guam this weekend for negotiations over the future of their relationship.

The meeting will involve the Chairman of the US House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, and the President of Palau, Johnson Toribiong.

Last year's planned review of the 15-year arrangement that binds the two sides was put off until this year, which meant additional temporary assistance is being provided by the US Congress until the end of September.

Faleomavaega says talks on assisting Palau through 2024 have been ongoing, but he says he is concerned about the level, pace and limited vision of US representation.

He says he is also concerned that some US State Department bureaucrats don't fully appreciate the US obligations to Palau under their Compact of Free Association.