Two-faced at the UN Decolonization Committee

21 Jun

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.


5 Responses to “Two-faced at the UN Decolonization Committee”

  1. Phil Foster June 21, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    So let me get this straight. The C24 remit is the oversight and support of the transition to self governance and independence of NON Self Governing Overseas Territories correct? The Falkland Islands are a Self Governing British overseas Territory an so should not even be on the C24 list. It’s self governing status leaves it outside the C24 remit.

    Now if they were prepared to strike the Falkland Islands off the list they could make statements like the above draft resolution and be able to keep a straight face. Argentina couldn’t use them as a mouthpiece for the Malvinista cause but at least C24 would stil be within it’s brief. But their partisan attitude forbids this and allows them to treat the Falkland Islands as a ‘special case’, openly and actively supporting the Malvinista claim by proclaiming one rule for the Falkland Islands and another rule for everybody else.

    Except that they have said themselves that this is a sovereignty issue, not a decolonisation issue and as much as they would love to help the Malvinistas out they have no power to do so. Also, C24 is irrelevant and increasingly seen for what it is. A talking shop for nations with an chip on their shoulders and an axe to grind. Thank the gods their ramblings are non binding or else we really would be in trouble.

  2. John Newcomb June 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    And according to their draft agenda put together in December, the UN’s Decolonization committee is going to take another crack at the Falklands in 21 June? Agenda:

    • lordton1955 June 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      I suspect that got moved forward to the 14th – at the request of Argentina

  3. Ezequiel June 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    No confussion for DC, they do the right. All the world expect UK do the right too and negotiate with Argentina.

    • John Newcomb June 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      For Falkland Islands people, as for Britain, doing what is right is cooperating together to advance the self-determination of the Falkland Islands community under the protection of Britain.

      When and if the Falkland Islands community expresses any desire to discuss with Argentina, its up to the Falkland Islands’ people themselves..

      Since Argentina has their “possession” of the Falkland Islands written right into their constitution, what ever could be negotiated?

      Trying to please “all the world” is not a recipe for a proper approach to protecting the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, especially since so many of the C-24 “all the world” making pronouncements are gross abusers of human rights, destroyers of democracy, highly-corrupt regimes, and dictatorships.

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