“We have been loyal to the American nation. When will we be held as equals and given the same rights as other Americans instead of being viewed as second class citizens?” asked Governor Calvo.
Guam – Governor Eddie Calvo went before the United Nations’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee yesterday to plea for Guam’s right to self-determination.
Calling for the same rights as our fellow Americans in the mainland, Governor Calvo spoke to the fourth committee with the hopes of garnering support for self-governance. Although Governor Calvo says he’s not the first leader to take up this cause, he told UN committee members that he certainly hopes he’s not the last.
“We have been loyal to the American nation. When will we be held as equals and given the same rights as other Americans instead of being viewed as second class citizens? …Our question is who then protects the native inhabitants of Guam from being marginalized in their own home? Now I understand the US interests and I respected its laws, but I also ask that the federal government under the interest of our island, respect our wishes,” the governor said.
You can stream the governor’s entire speech to the UN 4th Committee by logging onto www.webtv.un.org.