PALAU TOPS IN SUPPORTING U.S. AT UNITED NATIONS


PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i

PALAU TOPS IN SUPPORTING U.S. AT UNITED NATIONS
Its overall voting confidence for the U.S. stands at 96.5%

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, May 12, 2011) – Palau is the number one supporter of the United States in voting on international issues before the United Nations.

This is according to the US State Department which released its annual voting confidence record earlier this week.

“Palau is the number one friend of the US, ahead of everyone, including Israel. We overtook Israel this year,” Palau Ambassador to the United Nations Stuart Beck confirmed from New York. Palau’s overall voting confidence is 96.5 percent, followed by the Federated States of Micronesia at 94 percent, Israel 91.8 percent and the Republic of the Marshall Islands at 81 percent.

The overall member states average was 41.6 percent. “It is worth noting that Afghanistan and Iraq only voted with the US approximately 35 percent,” Beck added.

Of the 15 important votes identified by the US, all three freely associated states and Israel voted the same, differing from the US only the question of the death penalty, in recognition of their constitutions.

That is in contrast to the overall member states average on the same 15 important issues of only 51.1 percent.

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