Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Protests Won't Hold Up US Military Construction in Guam

Radio New Zealand International
The Voice of New Zealand, Broadcasting to the Pacific
Te Reo Irirangi O Aotearoa, O Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa

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Guam government says land protest won't hold up construction of US
military base
Posted at 08:23 on 02 July, 2007 UTC
The office of Guam's Governor, Felix Camacho, says it doesn̢۪t expect
protest action by Urunao landowners to hamper planned construction by the
US military in their area.

About 400 Urunao landowners are concerned that they are being kept in the
dark about how their land is to feature in the construction plans for the
US military's pending build-up with the relocation of 8,000 Marines from
Okinawa to Guam.

The Marianas Variety newspaper reports that some of the landowners have
blocked off the access road leading to their property.

The Governor's spokesman, Shawn Gumataotao says the military are planning
construction on land the federal government legitimately owns.

But he concedes that access to and from that property is the issue:

"It's been an issue for, gosh, on six years now, and they (the military)
are working with the landowners individually to cmoe to some resolution.
It's not going to be an easy one, considering the amount of activity
that's going to be in that area on the footprint that belongs to the
federal government"

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