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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING THE UNITED STATES NAVY TO RELOCATE FROM THE ISLAND OF
    VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO AND RETURN THE LAND TO THE
    MUNICIPALITY OF VIEQUES FOR CIVILIAN USES.


 1        WHEREAS, the Puerto Rican municipality of Vieques has been
 2   used for thirty years for target practices by the United States
 3   Navy and other countries; and
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 5        WHEREAS, the island is populated by more than 9,000
 6   residents, who are submitted to the disgrace of seeing their
 7   homeland bombarded by land, air, and sea; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, the bombing and military practices in Vieques
10   have created a series of health hazards for residents of that
11   island, caused serious problems of environmental contamination,
12   and a decline in the fishing industry; and
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14        WHEREAS, the people of Vieques have unanimously demanded
15   that the United States Navy cease its bombings and leave the
16   island; and
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18        WHEREAS, the report of the Special Commission of Vieques
19   appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico, composed of
20   representatives of all the political parties, churches, civil
21   and professional organizations, has unanimously recommended the
22   end of all bombings of Vieques and the immediate exit by the
23   United States Navy; and
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25        WHEREAS, the People of Hawai'i underwent a similar
26   struggle which resulted in the return of Kaho'olawe to the
27   State; now, therefore,
28   
29        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
30   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
31   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the United States Navy is
32   urged to relocate from the island of Vieques and return the
33   land to the Municipality of Vieques for civilian uses; and
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35        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Navy is
36   urged to make reparations for the destruction of the

 
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 1   environment that it has caused and to assist in the social and
 2   economic development of the people of Vieques; and
 3   
 4        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 5   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to President William J.
 6   Clinton, the Secretary of the Navy, and the members of Hawaii's
 7   congressional delegation.
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