13 May 2014

American Samoa to attend UN decolonisation meeting

8:09 am on 13 May 2014

The executive assistant of American Samoa's governor and a Fono leader have been asked to attend a United Nations seminar on decolonisation later this month in Fiji.

The Pacific Regional Seminar for the Eradication of Colonialism is being hosted by the committee in charge of implementing the UN's declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries.

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The committee will hear the views of non-self governing territories, experts and other stakeholders in the decolonisation process to try and identify policy approaches that can be pursued.

American Samoa and the United States have been asking to be removed from the list for years, but the territory still remains alongside Guam, the Northern Marianas, Tokelau, French Polynesia and New Caledonia.