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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 22, 2001 – Samoa News)---Governor Tauese Sunia will be the first speaker from among the 17 remaining non-self governing territories considered by the United Nations as colonies at this week's UN Decolonization Committee Seminar in Havana, Cuba.

Tauese departed on Friday, accompanied by a Fono delegation that included Senate President Lutu Tenari Fuimaono and House Speaker Matagi Mailo McMoore for the seminar set for May 23-25.

The UN Decolonization Committee is also known as the Special Committee of 24, which is advocating independence for colonized countries and peoples.

Tauese's speech before the UN special committee has not yet been made public and is expected to set the tone for representatives from other suspected colonies.

Tauese will also present to the UN committee a Resolution that was signed during last Tuesday's Town Meeting at the Lee Auditorium. Close to 140 signatures appear on the Resolution.

Besides the signatures of Tauese and Lt. Governor Togiola Tulafono, other key signatures include those of the three district governors, the Fono leadership and the Secretary of the Office of Samoan Affairs.

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega will join the local delegation in Cuba.

The Governor is expected to return to the territory on May 28th, according to his press officer, Leiataua B. Alailima.

Besides American Samoa, other remaining non-self governing territories as designated by the United Nations are: Western Sahara, Guam, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, Tokelau, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands/Malvinas, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St. Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United States Virgin Islands.

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