Sen. Remengesau said his administration accomplished and contributed progress towards the United States and Palau's Compact of Free Association review...Remengesau was reacting to President Toribiong's statement that very little has been accomplished towards the compact review during his time.
"I do not know who gave him that impression but in all fairness, there were many people involved who did the necessary work for us to be able to start discussions with the United States," Remengesau. He said he wants to set the record straight because there have been misinformation on the matter which is another attempt at "political posturing"...He said Toribiong administration had been briefed and provided all documentation and proof of their progress toward the review. 'This documentation includes recommending four options for continuing to move the Compact review discussion forward that included pursuing the extension of economic assistance for at least one more year, which the Toribiong administration is now pursuing," he said. He lamented that Toribiong stating in his State of the Republic Address that the Remengesau adminstration did not have any meaningful progress towards the review is "distorting the truth."
He said his accomplishment were securing technical assistance to undertake economic, environmental, and social leadership symposiums to invite public particiaption through the Compact Review Commission. His adminstration was also responsible for making the case for and securing the commitment to the U.S to begin formal process of the Compact review..."in fact, it's been pointed out to me on numerous occasions that we essentially did most of the work and that the focus of the discussions, at present are not so much on trying ot secure economic assistance but rather on the amount of assistance and for how long," Remengesau said. (Palau Horizon, (May 15, 2009)