Decolonization Committee Chair says the Falklands should not be on their list

12 Jun

Speaking of the attendance of the President of Argentina before his sub-sub-Committee, the Chair of the United Nation’s Decolonization Committee, Diego Morejon-Pazmiño of Ecuador, gushed; “It’s historic, it’s the first time the committee will be receiving a head of state and we are honoured it will be President Cristina Fernandez.”

Argentina’s President is due to state, yet again, her country’s dubious claim to the Falkland Islands on the 14th to the Committee whose sole remit is to assist the non-self governing territories on its list to achieve independence should they wish it. Morejon-Pazmiño however, seemed to admit that the Falkland Islands should not be the concern of the Decolonization Committee when he added; ” .. the issue is not exactly over decolonization, but rather over sovereignty.”

The Decolonization Committee has no power to negotiate in sovereignty disputes, indeed even the United Nations itself does not have such an ability as there no mention of such in its founding Charter. The Charter does, however, give the right of self-determination to all peoples, and specifically those it lists as being non-self governing territories, of which the Falkland Islands is one.

The Decolonisation Committee has been a controversial group for the last two decades as it has achieved nothing in that time, but is heavily biased by the inclusion of a large number of South and Central American Countries. No recommendation from this Committee over the Falklands has made it past the Fourth Committee since 1988. President Kirchner’s attendance may be an exaggerated attempt to achieve this.

The British Minister for the Falklands, Jeremy Browne, has made it plain that the British position will be the same on the 15th as it is today. The archipelago has been British sovereign territory since 1765.

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7 Responses to “Decolonization Committee Chair says the Falklands should not be on their list”

  1. John Newcomb June 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    The current integration paradigm with which that UN committee seems to understand the issue is that the Falkland Islands are a diseased cyst in the otherwise-healthy flesh of Argentine sovereignty that just keeps festering away, and until these decolonizer-surgeons cut out the oozing cyst that is Britain, this sore just won’t “heal”. That is, the sovereignty of Argentina be made whole and complete. Let me guess that something like this paradigm will be voiced by CFK in her speech at the committee.

    So of course that Ecuadorian chair will gush over having CFK at their meeting – she is a “super-star” in the firmament of Latin American political theatre. However, the British strategy of not appearing is thus a useful counter-tactic to devalue this tercermundista display diplomatic machismo.

    Instead, actually having genuine Falkland Islanders appear is a most suitable rejoinder and although they’ll probably be treated with a shabby disdain by both the Ecuadorian chair and committee members, they will be the real stars. These young Falkland Islanders showing up are a pointed reminder to the UN committee that these Islands are not just a British military outpost plus oil exploration operations, but a real community.

    Born after 1982 means born not only after the war, but also born into the Falkland Islands as a self–determining community that enjoys their own sovereignty – NOT the “sovereignty” of becoming an Argentine colony.

    So far, we know that CFK is showing up on 14 June to do her strut, but what is going to happen on 21 June when the De-Col committee actually devotes the whole meeting to the Falkland Islands, according to the draft agenda?

    Reference – draft agenda (see page 5 for Falkland Islands):
    http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/AC.109/2012/L.2

  2. John Newcomb June 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    News that may well displease the UN Decolonization committee and upstage the CFK strut on 14 June:

    Falkland Islands to hold referendum on political future:
    http://www.penguin-news.com/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&id=354:falkland-islands-to-hold-referendum-on-political-future

  3. John Newcomb June 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    Interesting that UN C-24 (link below) lables the participating Falkland Islanders as “petitioners” (and that Falklands will be on for 3pm, 14 June). Curious why CFK isn’t included as a petitioner for Argentina, when we know that she will be speaking, and that Argentina isn’t a member of the C-24. Double standard at work?

    No doubt that sovereignty will likely be seen by C-24 as sovereignty of Argentina being jeopardized by UK, and not that the UK is cooperating with the Falkland Islands to develop the Islands’ own sovereignty.

    Reference:
    SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DECOLONIZATION APPROVES TEXTS ON HEARINGS REQUESTS FROM NON-SELF-GOVERNING TERRITORIES, DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION:
    http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2012/gacol3237.doc.htm

  4. Marcos June 13, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    ((((((The archipelago has been British sovereign territory since 1765.))))))
    How is that Roger?. How can the archipelago being british territorie if the british did not discovered them, not were the first to claim them and not were the first to populate them either?. How can the archipelago being british since 1765 if from 1774 to 1833 there were none british government nor a british administration of the islands?.

    • lordton1955 June 13, 2012 at 6:10 am #

      1765 – January 22nd, Byron formally claims the Falkland Islands for King George III; “The Union Jack was erected on a high staff and being spread I named the whole of His Majesty’s Isles which I claimed for the Crown of Great Britain, His heirs and successors.”

      Of course Spain didn’t discover them, nor were they the first to claim them, nor was Spain the first to populate them. And yet the only 2 legal claimants were Spain and Britain.

      Argentina wasn’t even born.!

      • Sanza June 15, 2012 at 1:05 am #

        King George III, who was not precisely in his right mind, was claiming territories all over the place (ask the Americans, by any chance, what they did to King George III?) Now that claiming and invading wouldn’t be a good case to base your self dertermination claim in this century, isn’t it?

      • lordton1955 June 15, 2012 at 1:07 am #

        Self-determination is based on the UN Charter of 1945.

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