UN General Assembly Consider Decolonization

9 Dec

From the UN Press agency – 9th Dec:

“The General Assembly met this morning to take up the reports of its Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), which contain 24 draft resolutions and two draft decisions.

Decolonization issues before the Assembly included information from Non-Self-Governing Territories transmitted under Article 73 of the United Nations Charter; economic and other activities which affect the interest of the peoples of the Non‑Self‑Governing Territories; implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples by the specialized agencies and the international institutions associated with the United Nations; offers by Member States of study and training facilities for inhabitants of Non‑Self‑Governing Territories; and implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

The Fourth Committee’s report on economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non‑Self Governing Territories contains a draft resolution of the same name, by which the Assembly would reaffirm the right of peoples of Non‑Self‑Governing Territories to self‑determination in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and with General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV), containing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, as well as their right to enjoy and dispose of their natural resources in their best interest.

By the terms of draft VI, on the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, the Assembly would request the Special Committee to continue to seek suitable means for the immediate and full implementation of the Declaration and to carry out the actions approved by the General Assembly regarding the Second and Third International Decades for the Eradication of Colonialism in all Territories that have not yet exercised their right to self‑determination, including independence.

The Assembly also passed by consensus a draft decision on the question of Gibraltar, by which it urged both Governments, while listening to the interests and aspirations of Gibraltar, to reach, in the spirit of the statement of 27 November 1984, a definitive solution to the question of Gibraltar.”

No mention was made of the Falkland Islands.

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2011/ga11191.doc.htm

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