AMERICAN SAMOA SKEPTICAL OVER NEW U.S. AGENCY

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 12) - American Samoa’s
Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, is welcoming the establishment of a U.S.
group which will co-ordinate federal policy towards the territory.

The Inter-Agency Group on Insular Areas, the IGIA, will also
cover Guam, the Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

But Faleomavaega, who was at the ceremony when President George
Bush signed the executive order establishing the group, has some reservations.

"The problem is that whenever meetings are called you don't have
the real policy makers from the different federal agencies so you end up getting
someone who is not in a policy making capacity and you end up with low level
management who make up this agency council and that's the only concern I have,"
he said. "The idea is OK ,it’s just when it comes to meaningful work I haven't
seen that come through."

May 12, 2003

Radio New Zealand International:
www.rnzi.com.

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