Archive for ‘Compact Of Free Association’

September 16, 2011

US senate to restrict visa-free access

US Senate calls for visa curbs to stop Micronesian migrants

Posted at 19:39 on 14 September, 2011 UTC

The United States Senate is calling on the Obama Administration to begin restricting the visa-free access to the US accorded to citizens of three freely associated states in the north Pacific.

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March 31, 2011

COFA: Statement by President Toribiong at 2011 JCM




Good morning.

I would like to start this 2011 Joint Committee Meeting by extending a warm welcome to

  • Her Excellency Helen Reed-Rowe, U.S Ambassador to Palau;
  • to Rear Admiral Paul J. Bushong, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, and U.S. Defense Representative to Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands the Federated States of Micronesia, and most importantly, to the Republic of Palau;
  • and to all of the members of the U.S. Delegation to the 2011 JCM Meeting in Palau.

Welcome to all of you.  I hope that you enjoy your stay in Palau, howsoever brief it may be.

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March 31, 2011

COFA: Statement by Ambassador Koshiba at 2011 JCM

2011 Joint Committee Meeting

Statement by Joshua Koshiba
Palau Ambassador and Chief Representative
for Compact 432 Review

The agenda submitted by the Republic of Palau for this 2011 Joint Committee Meeting lists a number of items for discussion.  As can be seen from the agenda, Palau’s highest priority for this session is to solicit the support of the United States Department of Defense for the Agreement signed by the United States and Palau in Hawaii on September 3, 2010, pursuant to Section 432 of the Compact of Free Association.  This is appropriate as everything we will be discussing at this meeting stems from the Compact.

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March 31, 2011

COFA: Sen. Bingaman’s Statement of Feb. 16, 2011

Senator Bingaman’s Statement of February 16, 2011
Accompanying the Introduction of S. 343

Mr. President, I am pleased to join with my colleague and the Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Lisa Murkowski, in introducing legislation to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the Republic of Palau–one of our closest and most reliable allies. This legislation, if enacted, would implement the recommendations of the 15-year review called for under the Compact of Free Association between our two nations.

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