Puerto Rico in independence bid
Mr Acevedo Vila said Puerto Rico should be able to choose its own status
Puerto Rico Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila has called on the UN to back his people's right to self-determination.
Speaking to a UN committee, Mr Acevedo Vila accused the Bush administration of denying the US territory its democratic right to choose its own course.
Puerto Rico has been a US territory since the late 19th Century, but gained greater autonomy in 1952.
The UN panel voted to support a motion calling on the US to grant Puerto Rico the right to determine its own status.
Mr Acevedo Vila's appeal to the UN reflected a change in tone for the governor's party, analysts said.
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