18 Sep 2006

American Samoa senator seeks support to stop US military training site being set up in Samoa

1:49 pm on 18 September 2006

American Senate President, Lolo Letalu Moliga, is soliciting the help of Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye to stop a plan to establish a US military training site on Savaii island in Samoa.

Lolo wants the facility to be established in his home district of Manu'a instead.

The army training facility was first raised by Governor Togiola Tulafono during the Samoa talks last month.

It's understood that the idea of setting up an army training camp in Savaii came from the U.S. Army.

Lolo said in a letter to the influential Hawaii senator, who carriers the chiefly title Fofoga o Samoa or Voice of Samoa, that there is sufficient land in Manua to accommodate the training needs of the US Army.

Governor Togiola Tulafono has said that there's not enough land on Manu'a to accomodate the size of the training facility the military has in mind.