30 May 2011

American Samoa government allows veterans to remain in premises for time being

10:02 am on 30 May 2011

The American Samoa government has offered to allow the local Veterans Association to remain at its premises while negotiations continue between it and the Association.

Last Wednesday was the deadline given by the governor for the Association to vacate its land in Tafuna.

But the Veteran group's attorney, Mark Ude, says his clients were not planning to leave until the court ruled on its request for a restraining order to stop the government from interfering with their use of the land.

On Friday, Association representatives met with government attorney Sean Morrison.

Mr Ude says the government representative put an offer on the table which his clients will discuss.

"He's making an offer to allow the veterans to have two months to remain on the premises while negotiations are being undertaken to determine whether the government any money for compensation for the building and the premises and the improvement on the structures."