Palau–United States relations
Relations between Palau and the United States are excellent, and the two nations cooperate on a number of issues. Palau is a sovereign state in free association with the United States. On October 1, 1994, after five decades of US administration, the country of Palau became the last component of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands to gain its independence. In 1978, Palau decided not to join the Federated States of Micronesia, due to culture and language differences, and instead sought independence. In 1986, a Compact of Free Association between Palau and the United States was approved, paving the way for Palau's independence. Finally ratified in 1993, the agreement came into force on October 1, 1994, the date of Palau's independence. Under the Compact, the U.S. remains responsible for Palau's defense for 50 years, but only a small number of Navy Seabees are currently stationed in Palau.
In a 2009 interview with ABC Radio Australia, Palauan Minister of State Sandra Pierantozzi "admitted that [her] Government supports United States' embargo against Cuba to coax more aid from the United States". She told Radio Australia's James Oaten: "We have a very strong relationship with the United States and we don't want to jeopardise that relationship, because it would affect Palau's economic welfare."
In 2015, however, Palau voted to condemn the US embargo over Cuba. The motion at the United Nations was supported by 191 member states, with two votes against (the United States and Israel) and no country abstaining.
Principal officials at the U.S. embassy in Koror
Principal officials at the Palau embassy
- "Palau Gains Independence on Saturday". Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: The Deseret News, via Google News. Associated Press. 30 September 1994.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "Palau to take Guantanamo Uighurs", BBC, June 10, 2009
- "Palau supports US against Cuba for aid", ABC Radio Australia, October 30, 2009
- "UN condemns Cuba embargo for 24th consecutive year", The Guardian, 27 October 2015
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