Communications Between Palau’s Angaur, Peleliu Severed

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

FSM Information Services Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM

March 3, 2014

Communications Between Palau’s Angaur, Peleliu Severed

The Ministry of Justice and the Palau National Communications Corporation have launched an investigation to identify an individual or group of individuals responsible for damaging communication wires to two of Palau’s outlying states.

All forms of communication to Peleliu and Angaur states, including cable, telephone and Internet services, were out of service in the beginning of February in what technicians earlier believed was due to a damaged underwater fiber optic cable line in Meyuns.

PNCC revealed that the cable located at the landing site in Peleliu including the protective metal box that house it appears to have been intentionally damaged.

Assessment of the damage reportedly indicated, "that it was much greater than could be caused by natural forces, indicating a human intent to damage and disrupt communication services to the islands."

Communications to both Peleliu and Angaur have since been restored, but criminal investigation continues.

PNCC announced a reward of $1,000 if someone comes forth with information regarding those responsible for the damage.

The reward has since been doubled by the president’s office to $2,000.

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