2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Palau

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

World War II-era UXO continues to affect Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. UXO remain throughout Palau’s many islands with the greatest contamination on the island of Peleliu, a result of the fierce fighting between U.S. and Japanese forces in 1944.

From FY2009 through FY2014, the United States invested more than $1.3 million for CWD and battle area clearance efforts in Palau, including battle area clearance along Bloody Nose Ridge in Peleliu and UXO spot-task removal in the nation’s various islands. In FY2014, the U.S. government contributed nearly $690,000 for CWD in Palau.

The Department of State supported the work of the following implementing partners:

• Cleared Ground Demining conducted battle area clearance of priority areas on Peleliu Island and UXO spot clearance tasks on the main islands of Babeldaob, Koror, and Malakal.

• NPA conducted battle area clearance of priority areas on the island of Peleliu and UXO spot clearance tasks on the main islands of Koror, Babeldaob, and Malakal.