Excerpt from U. S. Puerto Rico Political Status Act: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Native American and Insular Affairs of the Committee on Resources, House of Representatives
After Congress passes the Implementation Act, the third vote is held in Puerto Rico. If the Impl... ementation Act is not approved, Puerto Rico remains under the United States sovereignty.
However, if the Act is approved, Puerto Rico arrives at the end of the path and attains full, permanent, full self government, either through separate sovereignty of independence, or free association, or through the United States Sovereignty and Statehood.
During this century, the number of years it has taken for areas under United States control to achieve full self government has varied greatly. And I want to stress that. If you look at that, this century has taken a lot of different time for different areas.
Cuba became independent in three years, and Oklahoma became a State after 104 years.
Under the timeframes set forth in the legislation for the develop ment of full self government, including a 10-year transition, Puerto Rico can reach full self government in the year 2010, or after 113 years of United States government control. The longest time for any territory.
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