Radar installations plan is on track
The planned installation of the Aerial and Maritime Domain Awareness radar stations by the United States in Palau is on track, with Palau and US set to reach final stages of the agreement.
Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch told reporters last week that US, Palau and the landowners are very close in signing lease agreements to start the installations of the radar systems. [restrict]
Oilouch also said that U.S. personnel are recently conducting survey of the radar station sites.
“Everything is right on schedule because the plan is by October 1 this year, that’s the time that these properties are delivered to the US side, and that’s the time the U.S. government pays,” Oiluch said.
He noted that Palau government will sign lease agreements with the landowners and the government in turn will sign the pact with the U.S. on the use of the sites. However, the U.S. government will shoulder the lease of the sites.
Palau and U.S. has identified Ngaraard and Angaur States as the location for the aerial domain awareness (ADA) radar stations.
Palau’s Vice President Raynold Oilouch said the sites identified for MDA are Kayangel, Ngardmau, Angaur, Sonsorol and Helen Reef.
Palau is obligated to provide lands to the US for defense and security purposes, under the Compact agreement.
Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. last year said the radar installation is mutually beneficial to the U.S. and Palau. He also said it is important to the protection and stability in the region.
Remengesau said it would also increase Palau’s capability to catch incursion in its waters amid the transition period to close 80 percent of its EEZ to commercial fishing. (Bernadette H. Carreon) [/restrict]