20 Mar 2006

Senior American Samoa Senators upset by remarks from Samoa Prime Minister

10:30 am on 20 March 2006

Two senior members of the American Samoa Senate say they're unhappy about Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, taking exception to a U.S. state department report criticising Samoa.

The report referred to Samoa as a one party state, and said the conduct of parliament raised human rights concerns.

Tuilaepa responded by saying the State Department should focus on fixing internal problems in America instead of meddling in the affairs of other countries.

Now, the Vice President of American Samoa's Senate, Faiivae Galeai, and Senator Tuanaitau Tuia say those are unbecoming statements from Tuilaepa.

They say he should not have lashed out against the country that has done so much to improve the quality of life for the people of the Pacific.