Congress Holds Hearing on Kilili Palau Bill
Washington, DC — Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan called for approval this year of the long overdue extension of the Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of Palau. At a hearing he requested on his bipartisan legislation, approving the fifteen-year extension, Sablan outlined both the geopolitical rationale and the good-faith principle for the U.S. to keep its promise to its longtime Pacific ally. The Compact first went into force in 1994 with congressional approval. Palau reached agreement with U.S. negotiators on the terms of an extension in 2010, but Conges has never approved that deal.