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Palau President prepared to call referendum on marine sanctuary plan

Palau President prepared to call referendum on marine sanctuary plan

Updated 20 April 2015, 17:40 AEST

The President of Palau has delivered his State of the Republic address and sounded an air of confidence that his landmark plan to establish a marine protected area will be passed by Congress soon.

Despite winning international support for an initiative that would see commercial fishing fleets barred from Palau's waters, the politicians have been dragging their feet for some months, but President Tommy Remengesau Junior has suggested a deal could be done before the end of April.

If it isn't, Bernadette Carreon in Koror says the President has has made it clear he's prepared to let the people decide on the sanctuary and their country's future.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Bernadette Carreon, Journalist, Koror

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