Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila last week urged a United Nations committee to help persuade the Bush administration to allow the Caribbean island to decide if it should remain a U.S. territory, become the 51st state in the union, or become an independent nation.

Acevedo Vila, a member of the Popular Democratic Party which favors Puerto Rico’s commonwealth status, testified before the U.N. Special Committee on Decolonization that the current U.S. administration has not allowed the Puerto Rican people to vote on the issue of sovereignty.

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