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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (February 3, 1999 - PACNEWS)---American Samoa has entered the final week of a drive to collect signatures for a petition to pressure the United States Postal Service to issue a stamp recognizing the territory's centennial.

The Postal Service has already said no to American Samoa's request for a stamp to mark the 100th year since the United States flag was raised on local soil.

Since last year the territory has been collecting the signatures of locals and friends abroad for a petition that asks the U.S. Postal Service to reverse its decision.

Headed by the Tourism Office, the drive has collected 8,200 signatures so far, mainly from government and private sector employees and school children.

The Tourism Office's Marketing Manager, Moepologa John Pereira, said this is the last week for the signature drive before Governor Tauese personally hands the petition to postal authorities in the United States.

In case the Postal Service still refuses, Governor Tauese has already asked neighboring islands to issue a centennial stamp on American Samoa's behalf.

Tauese said late last year that Samoa had already given the go-ahead to his request.

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