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Commission on Decolonization wants self-determination study

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The status of Guam's political status aspirations.

That was the focus of an informational session Thursday at the legislature. Representatives from the Commission on Decolonization updated senators on the continuing plans to educate the people on three different choices: Statehood, Free Association or Independence.

New commission director Melvin Won Pat Borja says they are commissioning a study that will become the primary educational tool.

"The self-determination study, in my opinion, is possibly the most powerful tool in this fight," he said. "It helps us to answer a lot of questions that are often asked by our people. Now obviously there's no way to predict with 100 percent accuracy in terms of the models for the three task forces, but these are things that a lot of people want to know. In addition, it helps to frame the context of the decolonization conversation."

The commission has signed a memorandum of agreement with the University of Guam's Regional Center for Public Policy to conduct the study. They will compile research and interviews with subject matter experts and scholars to be used in a public education campaign.

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