Guam leaders are mourning the passing of former President Kuniwo Nakamura of the Republic of Palau.
President Nakamura served as Vice President of Palau from 1989-1993 and served as President from 1993-January 1, 2001. He was the sixth President of the Republic of Palau.
President Nakamura was awarded the World Peace Prize – Top Honor in 1997 for his leadership in bringing independence and democracy to the Republic of Palau, as well as promoting political stability and protecting the environment.
Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas issued the following statement on the passing Nakamura: “Guam joins our brothers and sisters of Palau in mourning the loss of a founding father of the Republic. We extend our deepest condolences and pray that his loved ones and the nation be consoled, and may he rest in peace.”
Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, who was advised of the passing of President Kuniwo Nakamura of the Republic of Palau this morning, said: “On behalf of my husband Jake and I, our family, as well as the 35th Guam Legislature, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of President Nakamura. Our islands have definitely been able to flourish due to the long mutually-beneficial relationship between the people of Guam and the people of the Republic of Palau. This relationship is a testament to President Nakamura’s leadership and commitment to his people and all those who call this Blue Continent Home.”
She added: “We lost a friend, an ally, and a partner for sustainability, political stability, and prosperity – and as Honorary Palauan, Mr. President, you will be cherished in the hearts of those you touched.”