Guam Decolonization Commission Asks UN For Support To Push U.S. To Allow Self-Determination Process

Group, lead by governor, met at Special Committee on Decolonization's regional seminar in May

By John I Borja

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 13, 2017) – Decolonization advocates are asking for the United Nation's help to have the U.S. grant Guam its right to self-determination.

The Commission on Decolonization met Tuesday with new executive director Amanda Blas. She replaced Edward Alvarez, who stepped down April 13. Gov. Eddie Calvo, committee chairman, led the meeting.

Blas and Michael Bevacqua, local expert on decolonization who's also on the Independence Task Force, updated the commission on their attendance at the U.N.'s Special Committee on Decolonization's regional seminar in May.

Blas said she reached out to the U.N. committee to push the U.S. into allowing Guam to have a say in its path of self-determination. Guam has three political status options: free association, independence and statehood.

Bevacqua noted the U.N.'s third international decade for the eradication of colonialism, from 2011-2020, has not seen any progress in removing any non-self-governing territories from a colonizer. Guam is one of 17 non-self-governing territories, according to the U.N.'s website.

Bevacqua added that the U.S. has not sent a representative to any of the four regional seminars he's attended, which makes it seem unlikely that the U.S. will offer assistance in this effort. This further supports the urge to request help from the U.N., he said.

New subcommittee

Bevacqua's attendance at the seminar rose concern in Jose Garrido, who is on the free association task force. He asked Calvo if the other task forces could be represented at these U.N. meetings so that it doesn't seem to the U.N. that Guam is swaying towards independence only.

Blas assured Garrido that Bevacqua did not attend the regional seminar to promote any task force and served only as an adviser for Guam's progress on decolonization.

The conversation brought about a motion to create a subcommittee to manage attendance to these U.N. meetings. The commission agreed that the subcommittee will provide recommendations on how Guam will be represented at the U.N.'s next general membership meeting in October.

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