PALAU SEEKS EXECUTIVE RESIDENCE ON BABELDAOB

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By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.

KOROR Palau (Palau Horizon, Nov. 4) — A joint resolution endorsing the establishment of an executive residence on the main island of Babeldaob in Palau has been introduced in the House of Delegates.

Authored by Noah Idechong, Speaker Augustine Mesebeluu and Joel Toribiong, the resolution calls for the establishment of an executive residence to be owned and maintained by the republic in the soon-to-be new capital in Melekeok.

The resolution cites the need for the protection and security of the president as he acts in accordance with the duties granted by the Constitution, such as conducting negotiations with foreign nations and serving as host to foreign guests and dignitaries.

The resolution stated that the private residence of the president often serves as a place for negotiation and entertainment without any due compensation.

The national legislature, the Olbiil Era Kelulau, "finds that an executive residence is necessary for conducting such official functions."

The resolution added that the executive residence would provide "adequate protection and security to its guests in this age of terrorism."

November 4, 2005

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