American Samoans not colonised – statement to the UN

The American Samoa Government has again told the United Nations Decolonisation Committee the territory‘s people do not consider themselves colonised.

The Attorney General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale, presented a statement from the government and Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to the committee‘s Pacific Seminar in Grenada.

American Samoa‘s Attorney-General, Talauega Eleasalo Ale Photo: RNZ/ Monica Miller

Talauega told the committee, American Samoa‘s relationship with the United States was one that was built on trust and respect for the native people and their Samoan culture.

He also said American Samoa‘s relationship with the US allowed the territory the freedom to operate its own local government.