C24 no longer has a relevant role says UK

12 Oct

The United Nations Fourth Committee continued debating decolonization issues yesterday, considering how best to remove the last 16 non-self-governing territories from its list.

During the general debate the Committee was told that the body tasked with completing the decolonization process no longer had a relevant role with respect to the Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom. Speaking of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence of Colonial Countries and Peoples, or the “Special Committee of 24” as it is known, the delegate from the United Kingdom said, however, that given that some Member States wished to retain the Committee and that some elected Territory representatives wished to present their positions directly to it, his Government would continue to support it as well as supporting those Territories’ rights to determine their own futures.

The United Kingdom — the administering Power for 10 of the 16 Territories on the United Nations list — determined in a white paper published in June that its Territories had a large measure of self-government and that all of them should have been delisted long ago.  Having reviewed the constitutional status of each Territory and taken into account their unique constitutions, the United Kingdom was convinced that its fundamental responsibility was to ensure the security and good governance of the Territories.

Emphasizing the right of each Territory to determine whether or not to maintain the link with the United Kingdom, the representative declared that the relationship between the United Kingdom and its Overseas Territories was based on partnership and shared values.  He affirmed his country’s commitment to assist in each Territory’s future development and continued security.  For as long as they wanted to maintain the link, he said, the United Kingdom was committed to assist in each Territory’s future development and continued security. Any separation should be on the clear and constitutionally based wish of the people of the Territory concerned.  If it was the wish of the people, the United Kingdom would meet its obligations to help the people achieve that goal.

http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/gaspd507.doc.htm

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2 Responses to “C24 no longer has a relevant role says UK”

  1. Clematys October 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    Self-serving colonial power says decolonization is irrelevant. Quelle surprise…

  2. Bloke October 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    The C24 hasn’t been relevant since the 1970s.

    It’s especially irrelevant given the more recent alterations of the constitutional status of British Overseas Territories. Acts of parliament in 1983 and 2002 now effectively mean that British Overseas Territory Citizens have full rights as British Citizens, including the right to a referendum on their own future.

    Thus all of Britain’s dependant territories have their future association with us in their own hands and our ‘obligation’ such as it is (nothing legally binding ever came out of the C24 anyway, it’s a mere politeness) has been fulfilled.

    Argentine hypocrites are hilarious, going to the C24 to demand the right to colonise a foreign population.

    from UNGA resolution 1514 (the document the C24 was created to implement):

    “1. The subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and is an impediment to the promotion of world peace and co-operation.”

    The population of the Falkland Islands aren’t Argentine and have no desire to be Argentine, so Argentina plying it’s deceit in the decolonisation subcommittee is a nonstarter.

    Sorry about that…

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