Compact of Free Association (COFA)

  • Conflicts - Tensions

    U.S. to enforce maritime law around Palau

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The United States has signed a new agreement with Palau, which gives U.S. ships the authorization to unilaterally enforce maritime regulations in the Pacific Island Country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the U.S. Coast Guard said in August 2023. The agreement follows pleas from Palau’s president for Washington’s help to deter Beijing’s “unwanted activities” in its coastal waters.…

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  • Northeast Asia

    Task Force Koa Moana 23 strengthens South Pacific partnerships

    FORUM Staff About 200 United States Marines and Sailors visited three South Pacific nations from June through September 2023 to bolster relationships, enhance infrastructure and improve citizens’ lives. Task Force Koa Moana 23 deployed in detachments to the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Combat Logistics Battalion 11, part of the 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted…

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