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Faleomavaega commends PM Tuilaepa on PLG initiative

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Congressman Faleomavaega Eni has commended Prime Minister Tuilaepa and all participating island countries and territories for the initiative to establish the Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG).

In a letter to the Prime Minister dated December 2, 2011, Faleomavaega expressed his support and also congratulated leaders from the eight Polynesian island groups, including Tuvalu, Niue, Cook Islands, Tonga, Independent State of Samoa, the U.S. Territory of American Samoa, French Polynesian/Tahiti, and Tokelau, for ratifying the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create this historic grouping.

"As a matter of public record, I stated my support for a Polynesian grouping back in 2004 as reported by Radio New Zealand, and I am very pleased with this initiative that would serve the common interest pertaining to our history and cultural ties that bring our Polynesian island communities together in the Pacific region," Faleomavaega said.

He notes, as did Prime Minister Tuilaepa in his press release of the MOU agreement, that "the idea of a Polynesian confederation was first touted by his Majesty King David Kalakaua of the Kingdom of Hawaii back in 1887."

"At the height of imperialism and colonization in the Pacific Region, the idea then was to protect the interests of the Pacific island countries against the imperial western powers including Britain, Germany and the United States," said Faleomavaega.

"So in essence, the nineteenth century idea of a Polynesian group remains true today..." he said.

Faleomavaega added, "I would also suggest that this should be inclusive of our Polynesian cousins including the Maoris, Hawaiians, Rapa Nuians even though they may be associated politically to New Zealand, the United States and Chile, respectively."



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