by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Because Guam is the first port of entry into the United States for Palauan citizens, Palau President Johnson Toribiong isn't giving up efforts to prevent the closure of the Palau Consulate Office locally.
Palau's Congress passed the 2010 fiscal year budget at only half of regular funding levels, and the decision was made not to fund the Consulate Offices in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. President Toribiong, however, says it's important that the office on island remain open.
He told KUAM News, "The closure of the office was mandated to be done before the end of March, and that was not my policy it was a rider which the Congress of Palau placed in my budget, so I have written back to the congress to ask them to re-open at least the Guam office, Saipan may be closed."