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WARREN UMETARO
Senate Delegation to the Palau Independence Day in Guam
October 7, 2017

 

Pictured from left to right: Senate President Hokkons Baules, Senator Will Castro, Senator Aric Nakamura, Floor Leader Kerai Mariur, Senator Phillip Reklai. Not pictured: Senator Frank Kyota.

 

Remarks from President Baules delivered at the event!

Alii… Good Afternoon to everyone and Happy 23rd Belau Independence Day to all of you.  Let me begin by extending a most sincere appreciation on behalf of the leadership and members of the Senate of the 10th Obiil Era Kelulau, to the Honorable Governor Eddie Calvo; the Honorable Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio and the Government and the people of Guam, for the continued courtesies offered to Palauans who live and continue work here on Guam. I am hopeful that many of them are contributing residents to the communities of Guam. I offer our warmest greetings as well to the Honorable Senator Michael San Nicholas. Please extend our best wishes and appreciation to the Honorable Speaker Benjamin Cruz and the leadership and members of the 34th Guam Legislature.

Since declaring Independence in 1994, our Republic of Palau has lived up to the dictates of this declaration, moving forward proudly, as a sovereign nation and an able participant of the global community of the United Nations.  Our Declaration of Independence states in part that “We are proud to be an independent nation in free association with the United States of America.  We will work to promote social advancement within Palau and global peace throughout the world”.

In this respect we have progressed with the assistance of our neighbors and friends throughout the Pacific region and around the world, most especially those we have a special bond through tradition, culture and family – like our friends and family here on Guam.

On this Independence Day, we celebrate family, and renew our dedication, to preserve and enhance our traditional heritage and our national identity. We take pride that as a people, we have been successful in doing this through the strength of caring and close knit nuclear and extended families; rooted in tradition, and built upon our unique culture. We are indeed truly blessed.

Ng kmal ungil suelb el merkid el rokui. Me di bok recognize ra Vice President e Minister ra Justice el chetengakl el Raynold B. Oilouch. Ar mengeteklel mar chedal a blai ra Senate; Vice Speaker ra House of Delegates mar Delegates el ngartiang chelechal sils. Bo kuureng a sulir ar mengeteklel mar chedal a Palau Community Association of Guam ra invitation ertir  el mlei, meng sebeched el kasues ea ki oyeng er kemiu e ke de tmak  el celebrate ertial Independence Day ra beluu er Belau ra Guam.

 

A kmo omtechei  rar mengeteklel mar chedal a Senate er chelechal Ongetruich el Olbiil Era Kelulau e odars a kmal mekeald el yorosku er tir lekor kemiu ma families er kemiu er tial kmal ungil sils.

Lluich ma edei el rrak ra mla memong ra October 1, 1994 e ke de mlo saing ra Declaration of Independence ra Beluad er Belau meng mlo omuchel el di kid el mengedereder ra beluad el okiu a mimokl deluill el obengkel a beluu ra Merikel.

Chelechal sils e ke de tmak el outkeu ertial mong meng e lluich ma chedei el rekil a Independence er Belau.

Ke de mlo nguu a kingelled ra United Nations el ileakl el beluu ra uriul risei e ngara deureng er chelechal sils el mla melemolem el ileakl el beluu el melmuut er chelechang.

Ngokiu a kakeakl el telungalk er kemiu, ea mekreos el tekingel a klebelau ma klechibelau erkid a sebechel moiuid el morar ngeleked.  Ko melatk ertial tekoi e mo blechoel el me oldingel ra beluu, kemiu mar ngelekiu, me ke de melemolem el kaingeseu el kirel a klungiolel a beluad. Ak mo choiuii sel ulebongel el tekoi el ngara chelsel sel Declaration of Independence er Belau, el mo rokir tial kedeb el cheldechedechak. Ng kmul kmo:

“ Aki Omes El Bedul Uriul, El Mela Klubelam Era Ibetel a Erechar Er Kemam, E Omes El Bedul Medad El Medenge El Kmo, Ng Sebecham;  El Ultuil Er A Klisicham Ma Ulengesuil A Rubak”.  Ko Mesulang, e Happy Independence Day.

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