14 Mar 2006

Samoa tells US to back off with criticism

3:24 pm on 14 March 2006

Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele says the US State Department should fix problems in the United States first before it points its fingers to other countries.

Tuilaepa was reacting to a report by the US State Department highlighting what it calls unfair parliamentary proceedings as a human rights concern.

Tuilaepa told the Samoa Broadcasting Corporation that the State Department fails to substantiate its claims of human rights violations and does not understand Samoa's culture and traditions.

He recommends that the US concentrate on resolving endless internal problems in America before meddling with the affairs of other governments.