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Community forum held on self-determination

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo held the first in a series of community forums to discuss federal issues related to the territory. Today's two-hour discussion focused on self-determination. Adelup is holding these forums in lieu of legal questions surrounding the Guam First Commission.

Governor Calvo said he still intends to impanel the group but until such time legal questions are answered he is moving forward with the spirit of the law which he voted in favor of.

Senator Rory Respicio authored the law creating the Commission and said, "The most important thing is we have to bring our people together and have the type of discussions and dialogues as to how we want this military buildup to occur, if we even want the buildup to occur at all. We've been hearing over the last five years the sentiments of our people and I'm very happy to see this room filled with indigenous rights activists.

"I'm very happy the governor started the first of many forums beings with Chamorro self-determination and political state because these are the two issues of which the whole discussion of the buildup should take place."

Governor's chief of staff Frank Arriola said future meetings might be held on Saturdays to allow more people from the community to attend.

KUAM taped today's forum in its entirety and will be broadcasting it at a later date.

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