Babauta: Guam still has time to influence Compact negotiations

Governor's Chief of Staff Tony Babauta

The administration says Guam still has time to bat for representation in the upcoming Compact of Free Association negotiations.

In an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57, Adelup Chief of Staff Tony Babauta said the U.S. still has to select an official negotiator for the talks and no official circular has been released yet with regard to the COFA negotiators.

This means that Guam is “not late in the game” and can still participate meaningfully in the COFA talks.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has already written a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo asking that Guam be included in Compact renegotiations and be given official status.

The governor pointed out in her letter that Guam is the U.S. jurisdiction nearest to the FAS with a shared history as indigenous people who traversed the Pacific.

Babauta said the administration is also working with FAS leaders to include Guam issues in their upcoming negotiations with the U.S.

In fact, Babauta said the governor already talked with the FAS leaders during the recent Micronesian chief executives meeting and the inauguration of FSM President David Panuelo.