Call for independence discussion for American Samoa

Call for independence discussion for American Samoa

Call for independence discussion for American Samoa

Updated 18 May 2012, 7:09 AEST

The US Congressman representing American Samoa, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says it's time for the territory to look at options for becoming more autonomous.

He's welcomed recent calls made by American Samoa's governor for the territory to review its relationship with the United States and look at options to become more independent, including a Compact of Free Association agreement.

Some chiefs and community leaders were unhappy with the comments.

They say it was made clear in a 2010 constitutional review, that American Samoans didn't want to change from their present status.

But Congressman Eni Hunkin has told Radio Australia that people should be open to discussion about the options for becoming more independent.