U.N. committee approves resolution that supports decolonizing Guam

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Nine countries, including the United States, voted against the draft resolution. 

Guam – A special committee of the United Nations has approved a draft resolution that calls upon the U.S. to “participate in and cooperate fully with the Special Committee on Decolonization in efforts to promote self-government in Guam.”

The resolution also encourages the U.S. to facilitate visits and special missions to the territory and it asks that Guam and the U.S. federal government work to “protect and conserve the environment against degradation and the impact of militarization.”

The resolution was just approved today with a vote of 80 to 9. The U.S. is one of the countries who voted against the resolution along with France, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Malawi, Morocco, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

If the General Assembly adopts the resolution, the U.N. will be officially calling upon the U.S. to “take into consideration the expressed will of Guam’s Chamorro people, as supported by Guam voters in the referendum of 1987 and as subsequently provided for in Guam law regarding Chamorro self‑determination efforts.”

It also means the U.N. would officially encourage the U.S. and Guam to enter into negotiations on Guam’s self-determination.

The draft resolution also asks the U.S. to “continue to transfer land to the territory’s original landowners, continue to recognize and respect the political rights as well as the cultural and ethnic identity of Guam’s Chamorro people, and continue to take all measures necessary to address the territorial government’s concerns about the question of immigration.”