UN, AMERICAN SAMOA AND U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

May 8, 2002

Greetings from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

I wish to offer a clarification on a recent article in the April 30th edition of Samoa News appearing on your website.

The article entitled "UN Lists American Samoa As A Colony" refers to the request by American Samoa to be delisted from the UN list of non-self governing territories, and also stated that "a similar request was also made by the U.S. territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As the representative from the U.S. Virgin Islands Government to the UN Decolonization Committee for a number of years, I can assure you that there has been no such request from our government to this effect.

In the 1980s, a request was made for the UN to send a visiting mission to the territory as a follow-up to its first and only mission, which was held in 1977.

No mission was permitted at that time, or since.

A later request for UN guidance with respect to the public education program for our 1993 political status referendum was made by the Virgin Islands Status Commission, but this was also not permitted. These have been the only requests with respect to the Committee. No request has ever been made for the US Virgin Islands to be delisted.

I thought that this clarification would be of interest to your readers.

Regards,

Carlyle Corbin Representative for External Affairs Office of the Governor U.S. Virgin Islands Email: ccorinmon@worldnet.att.net 

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