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Talks continue over force realignment

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Talks between Japan and the United States continue in the nation's capitol regarding the 2006 roadmap to realignment and the 2009 Guam International Agreement. During today's State Department briefing Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the two governments' reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining and enhancing robust security alliances.

"They made clear that we all remain fully committed to the implementation of the Futemna Replacement Facility and the relocation of the air base to Camp Schwab. We made clear that Guam remains an essential part of our larger Asia Pacific strategy, including Guam as a strategic hub, and to establishing operational Marine Corps presence on Guam and relocating some of our Marines from Okinawa to Guam. But with regard to any further details, that's all I have for you at the moment," she said.

New reports indicate an announcement could be made as early as tomorrow or next week Monday.

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