While much of the media attention withdrew after the United Nation’s Decolonization Committee had finished its consideration of the Falkland Islands, and its celebrity speaker had headed home, the work of the Committee continued and resulted in a number of Draft Resolutions to be presented to the Fourth Committee later in the year.
Without a hint of embarrassment, following its biased views on the Falklands, the Committee came up with:
1. A Draft Resolution on the; “.. economic and other activities which affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories that would have the General Assembly urge the administering Powers in those Territories to take effective measures to safeguard the inalienable right of the inhabitants to their natural resources and to maintain control over the future development of those resources. The Assembly would also request the administering Powers to take all steps necessary to protect the property rights of the peoples, in accordance with relevant resolutions of the United Nations on decolonization.”
2. A Draft Resolution that; ” … would have the General Assembly request the Special Committee to continue to seek suitable means … to carry out the actions approved by the Assembly regarding the Second and Third International Decades for the Eradication of Colonialism in all Territories that had not yet exercised their right to self-determination, including independence.”
In the case of the Falkland Islanders, the Committee had urged that no ‘unilateral’ acts be done to change the situation there, i.e. no oil exploration, and the Committee also seemed to think that the Falklanders are in a kind of special colonial situation that does not give them any rights at all. Perhaps it’s the fact that the Islanders are already exercising their right to self-determination that is causing the confusion.
But then, sometimes it is difficult to understand how the members of the Decolonization Committee manage to look at themselves in the mirror each morning.