KOROR, Palau — A special three-member tribunal ruled Wednesday that a proposed compact between Palau and the United States was not properly approved by Palau voters.
The special Palau Appeals Court said the Compact of Free Association needed 75% approval. In a plebiscite in February, 72.19% of Palau voters approved the proposed agreement.
The compact would have allowed the United States to bring in and store nuclear materials in the republic, in conflict with Palau's nuclear-free constitution. The court ruled that a three-quarters majority vote was needed to override the constitutional provision.
The court held also that compact provisions permitting the United States to invite armed forces of other nations to train in Palau required 75% voter approval.