AMERICAN SAMOA'S FALEOMAVAEGA OPPOSES SAMOA NAME CHANGE BILL

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 23, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)--- American Samoa's Congressman in Washington, Eni Faleomavaega, says the U.S. South Pacific territory's proposed legislation rejecting independent Samoa's name change from Western Samoa is doomed to fail.

The American Samoa Fono (parliament) is continuing debate on the matter this week.

If the proposed bill is passed, Samoan passports would not be recognized in American Samoa, disrupting travel and trade between the two Samoas.

Faleomavaega says that the bill makes no economic sense.

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