4 Aug 2006

American Samoans study CNMI/US link

1:31 pm on 4 August 2006

A delegation of American Samoa leaders is currently on Saipan studying the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' political status and relationship with the United States.

The American Samoa Future Political Status Study Commission has begun talks with CNMI leaders, including the Marianas Political Status Negotiations Panel, court officials and attorneys, and health and education officials.

The Commission's chairman, Li'amatua F. Tufele, says the group is looking at the types of political status available to American Samoa.

The commissioners are in Saipan after holding similar meetings in Palau, an independent country freely associated with the United States.

Their next stop will be in Guam, which is another U.S. territory.