The F.I.G. at St. Kitts & Nevis

8 Nov

The Hon. Mike Summers and the Hon. Roger Edwards, from the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly, are visiting St. Kitts and Nevis this week to attend Commonwealth Games Federation meetings and hold talks with government ministers.

Discussions with ministers are expected to cover their experiences in managing the economy of the Falklands, and the challenges that they face when dealing with the United Nations. St. Kitts and Nevis are outspoken supporters of the right of all peoples to self-determination, having achieved their own independence in 1983.

The current Falkland population can trace its roots back to the first British settlers on the islands, having arrived through the natural wave of emigration that took place during the mid-1800s. There had been no indigenous people on the islands when the Falklanders ancestors arrived, and they are the only people to have successfully settled there.

The Falklanders’ relationship with the United Kingdom is now one based on partnership and shared values and the links with the mother-country are maintained by the islanders’ own wishes; a  very different situation than that found in St. Kitts prior to its own independence. The Falkland Islands Government has responsibility for all matters concerning the islands, with the exception of defence and foreign affairs, and are fully self-financing in all the areas they control.

 

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