A bill has been introduced calling for the establishment of an Office of the National Security Coordinator to promote the security of Palau.

“The Olbiil Era Kelulau finds that ensuring the safety and security of persons and property in the Republic is the primary responsibility of the national government,” Senate Bill 11-71 stated. 

It said that Palau is facing “greater and more complex” challenges from cybercrime, transnational crime, and increasingly aggressive instances of “malign foreign influences.” 

The bill said that the task of the office of the National Security Coordinator is to develop, maintain and update a comprehensive national security strategy., and support and encourage implementation of the strategy.

Asked whether the position of the Security Coordinator should require the approval of the Senate, Vice President Uduch Sengebau-Senior said that the position is similar to that of the Attorney General and does not require the consent of the Senate,

The office will be responsible for the coordination of activities and responsibilities of the Republic’s security and law enforcement agencies. 

The coordinator will also serve as a primary advisory for national security issues, including defense and security cooperation.

The coordinator will also be serving as a point of contact for foreign military officials undertaking exercises and, missions and visits. 

The US had an enhanced presence in the country since 2020. 

In June this year, the Patriot air defense missile system blasted from Palau as part of the Valiant Shield exercise. 

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