18 Dec 2009

Guam congresswoman disappointed with Japan's delay over troop realignment plan

4:22 pm on 18 December 2009

Guam's Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has voiced disappointment over a delay by Japan's government in making a final decision about US troop realignment.

Despite mounting pressure from the US government to approve it, Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has delayed until May a final decision on the plan for realignment of US military forces in Japan.

This plan includes the transfer of 8,000 marines from Okinawa to Guam over five years.

Ms Bordallo says she is disappointed by Mr Hatoyama's delay because the implementation plan had already been agreed to by Japan's previous government and Washington when they signed the Guam International Agreement in February.

She says the decisions reached in the agreement are the best options available to allow the alliance between the countries involved to remain strong.