May 11, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Koror State House of Traditional Leaders (Rubekul Oreor) seeks to obtain copies of all leases issued of all marine areas below the high water mark in Koror State. [restrict]
The letter asks Koror State Governor Yositaka Adachi to produce the copies of leases made to individuals, corporations or other legal entities in compliance with the Open Government Act.
Concerns have been raised by some in Koror regarding the issuance of leases below the high water mark and allege that they were done either unfairly or without clear knowledge of the people of Koror.
The concern was raised with Governor Adachi last year and he had expressed during a radio interview that anyone is welcome to apply for lease. There is no specific application form and people needed only to write him requesting a lease.
The letter from HOTL was just delivered yesterday to Governor Adachi. [/restrict]