8 Jun 2005

American Samoan senate president questions territory's status

10:11 am on 8 June 2005

The American Samoan senate president says the territory should question what form of government it needs because he believes it's not getting a fair deal from the U.S.

Lolo Letalu Moliga says he'll be raising this issue when the territory looks to update its constitution because he believes the U.S. is yet to carry out its promises to improve education, health care and the local economy.

He says as a territory of the U.S., there are obligations that need to be met.

Lolo says the constitutional convention, which will be held later this year, is where American Samoa's future should be considered.

"Although we have our local autonomy as far as government - we elect our own governor, we do everything else BUT we're still under the control of the Secretary of the Interior. That is what we want our people to realise and understand. Are we still like to maintain the status quo, are we looking into citizenship with the United States or are we looking into another form of government."