9 Jun 2010

Senator resists American Samoa Governor's autonomy push

3:02 pm on 9 June 2010

A senator in American Samoa Lualemaga Faoa is opposed to the Governor's call for autonomy, saying the territory couldn't survive without the United States.

Governor Togiola Tulafono wants full autonomy, saying the territory should enact its own laws and be free from the negative impact of laws passed in Washington.

The Governor says American Samoa's relationship with the U.S. isn't as easy as it was in the past and it's vital that it debate this association for the territory's future.

But Lualemaga Faoa says he favours the status quo.

"If anybody has any money to put up so we could move into another different direction, because that's where we get all our assistance for 110 years. And our forefathers signed the deed of cession, the treaty of cession, with the U.S. and the U.S. is responsible for taking care of American Samoa on our economic situation, and protect our land and our culture."

Senator Lualemaga Faoa