By: L.N. Reklai
April 27, 2017 (Koror, Palau) As the controversy over whether to close or not close the Jelly Fish Lake continues to escalate, the national government insists on a united solution.
President Remengesau in a statement to the press, expressed they will continue to seek for united solution to the problem, answering the question of whether the national government will take one side or the other of Koror State leadership or whether it will seek to implement its own solution.
“We are not bound by May 1 or 5 or any other date. We will continue to talk with Koror State leadership, governor, legislature and council of chiefs to reach a united solution,” stated the President.
“The important question to ask is,” what is the right thing to do, the honest thing? Is it right to charge $100 from person to come see a lake with no jellyfish?” posed the President.
Citing the recent March for Science held all across United States on Earth Day, Remengesau explained that the key message carried by the scientists as well as people from all walks of life was to “listen to science” and make decisions based on science facts, observed and verified facts.
“This is what we are facing today with Jellyfish Lake. We should listen to science and make the right decision,” expressed Remengesau.
House of Traditional Leaders of Koror State has sought to impose traditional moratorium “bul” on the Jellyfish Lake effective May 1st in response to reports that there were no more jellyfish in the famous Jellyfish Lake.
Koror State Governor had issued a statement challenging the chief’s authority to impose such “bul” and had sought and had been granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against HOTL and anyone assisting them from publishing or disseminating any information that purported to close or prohibit access to Jellyfish Lake.
The application for TRO cites that Koror State Government “stand to be injured because of the potential unknown loss of revenue if visitors cannot go to Jellyfish Lake or do not purchase permits…due to public uncertainty and confusion created by the declaration of bul…”
The court hearing for the preliminary injunction requested by Koror State Government is set for May 1, 2017. [/restrict]