Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Guam Landowners oppose US troop build up

Posted at 02:19 on 18 February, 2009 UTC

The Guam Landowners Association says it is opposed to United States plans for a military buildup in the territory.

The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Japan’s Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone signed a deal in Tokyo yesterday to transfer 8000 U.S. Marines and their families from Okinawa to Guam by 2014.

The Association’s Antony Sablan says the people of Guam haven’t been asked if they support an influx of soldiers into the territory, which would boost the island’s population by about ten percent.

Mr Sablan believes Guam will not only lose land, but part of its identity.

“We are a foster child of a foster parent, where our resources are getting raped by our foster parent. Somebody has to step up to the plate and take the step to say: ’ hey, you can’t take advantage of this small group of innocent people’.”

Antony Sablan says the international community should step in and protect the people of Guam.

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