PUBLIC LAW 99-658—NOV. 14, 1986
100 STAT. 3679
Affirming the interest of the Government of the United States in promoting the economic advancement and self-sufficiency of the people of Palau; and Recognizing that their previous relationship has been based upon the International Trusteeship System of the United Nations Charter; and that pursuant to Article 76 of the Charter, the peoples of 59 Stat. 1031. the Trust Territory have progressively developed their institutions of self-government, and that in the exercise of their sovereign right to selMetermination they have, through their free-expressed wishes, adopted a Constitution appropriate to their particular circumstances; and Recognizing their common desire to terminate the Trusteeship and establish a new government-to-government relationship in accordance with a new political status based on the freely-expressed wishes of the people of Palau and appropriate to their particular circumstances; and Recognizing that the people of Palau have and retain their sovereignty and their sovereign right to self-determination and the inherent right to adopt and amend their own Constitution and form of government and that the approval of the entry of their Government into this Compact of Free Association by the people of Palau constitutes an exercise of their sovereign right to self-determination; NOW, THEREFORE, AGREE to enter into relationship of free . association which provides a full measure of self-government for the people of Palau; and FURTHER AGREE that the relationships of free association de- rives from and is as set forth in this Compact; and that, during such relationships of free association, the respective rights and responsibilities of the Government of the United States and the Government of the freely associated state of Palau in regard to this relationship of free association derives from and is as set forth in this Compact. TITLE ONE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS k
Self-government Section 111 The people of Palau, acting through their duly elected govern, ment established under their constitution, are self-governing. K
Article II Foreign Affairs
Section 121 (a) The Republic of Palau has the capacity to conduct foreign ' affairs in its own name and right, except as otherwise provided in this Compact and the Government of the United States recognizes that the Government of Palau, in the exercise of this capacity, may '^ enter into, in its own name and right, treaties and other international agreements with governments and regional and international organizations.