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GOV. Eddie Calvo wants to make it clear to leaders in Washington D.C. and Japan that an upgrade of Guam’s infrastructure must be met first before Marines in Okinawa can be relocated to Guam.
Calvo made the comment during a speech before several Japanese news agencies during his trip to Okinawa yesterday.
“The sooner it happens – the sooner Congress realizes the absolute need to fund these things – the sooner the buildup can happen and the sooner the troops can move from Okinawa to Guam. And the sooner this happens, the sooner the United States can keep its commitments to Japan,” Calvo said.
“This message resonated well with Okinawa,” he added.
Japanese media were mainly concerned about whether the lack of funding would delay the move. But Calvo told the Japanese media that in the past 25 years, when the U.S. treaty was signed with the Freely Associated States, there has been a huge migration to Guam that has maxed out the island’s infrastructure.
The governor said it would be difficult for Guam to accept “another migration” without increasing the island’s infrastructure, “something which Congress must understand.”
Calvo also informed the media and the Okinawa governor of his concerns that some leaders in Congress have yet to understand the full impact the buildup will have on Guam and that in order for the buildup to happen, “practical considerations like the building of capacity for water and wastewater services, roads, and other directly-impacted programs, must be addressed.”