Guam – The Pentagon’s East Asia and Pacific Affairs Spokeswoman Lesley Hullryde released the following statement in response to a request from PNC’s Washington Correspondent Matt Kaye for comment on the first day of negotiations in Washington over changes under consideration to the 2006 Roadmap to Realignment, and the 2009 Guam International Agreement, two documents which govern the Guam Military buildup.
Statement of Marine Commander Lesley Hullryde, Pentagon’s East Asia and Pacific Affairs Spokeswoman:
Representatives from the United States and Japan met today [Monday] at the Department of State to discuss the 2006 Realignment Roadmap and the Guam International Agreement with Japan.
Jim Zumwalt, deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs, and Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Asian & Pacific Security Affairs, East Asia, represented the U.S. Departments of State and Defense respectively. Takeo Akiba, deputy director-general, North American Affairs Bureau and Tetsuro Kuroe, deputy director-general, represented Japan’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense respectively.
Meeting participants reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to maintaining and enhancing a robust security alliance, which is dedicated to the security of Japan and to the maintenance of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region. The USG remains committed to enhancing the U.S.-Japan Alliance and strengthening operational capabilities while significantly reducing the impact of U.S. bases on the Okinawan people.
To that end, representatives reaffirmed their support of the principles of the 2006 Realignment Roadmap and pursuit of a military presence in Japan and the Asia Pacific region that is operationally resilient, geographically distributed, and politically sustainable. Specifically, the two countries remain fully committed to the implementation of the Futenma Replacement Facility (FRF) and the relocation of the MCAS Futemna air base to Camp Schwab.
Guam remains an essential part of the United States’ larger Asia Pacific Strategy, which includes developing Guam as a strategic hub and to establishing an operational Marine Corps presence on Guam by relocating some Marines from Okinawa to Guam.
The United States and Japan continuously looking for more efficient and effective ways to achieve the goals of the Realignment Road Map. However, no decisions have been made; therefore, there are no announcements to be made.