Falkland Islands Government Press Release

20 Nov

Falkland Islands Government Press Release

Reaction to comments made by Ambassador Morejón, Chairman of the United Nations Committee of 24

On 8th October 2012, Diego Morejón Pazmiño, Chairman of the United Nations Committee of 24 (Special Committee on Decolonisation, or C-24), carried out an interview with the Argentine national newspaper, Tiempo Argentino.  In the view of the Falkland Islands Government, Señor Morejón was quoted making statements in this interview that, if reported accurately, would conflict with his role as an impartial Chairman.  Subsequently, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was reported in an interview with Tiempo Argentino on 10th November 2012 as saying that people should be able to plan and govern their own future, which is the main criteria of relevant UN bodies. 

The views earlier expressed by Señor Morejón are at odds with this.

The Falkland Islands Government voiced its concern to Señor Morejón on 18th October 2012 in the letter copied below, and also repeated previous invitations for him and other Committee members to visit the Islands.  To date no response has been received.

“Dear Ambassador,

I write to you on behalf of the Members of the Falkland Island Legislative Assembly. We were concerned to read your comments on the Falkland Islands as reported recently in El Tiempo.

In the article you rightly say that the Falkland Islands are no longer a colony. The modern Falkland Islands are a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom; a situation of our own choosing.

We are a thriving democracy with a modern Constitution. We elect our own Government in a democratic manner, make our own laws and run our own affairs. We neither receive funds from nor send monies to the United Kingdom.

As the Chair of a United Nations Committee you are bound to uphold the values of that institution and to act in a democratic and impartial manner. You state that you were chosen to Chair this committee as candidates in the Caribbean were thought to be biased.

However, it is clear from this report, and from other speeches in the past, that you have already decided that the Falkland Islands should be ceded to Argentina against the clear wishes of its people. This is in direct conflict with the United Nations principle of self determination.

You have visited Argentina so as to better inform yourself in this matter and yet you have failed to do what any impartial Chair would then do, namely to visit the Falkland Islands, speak to Elected Members and talk to our people.

You also claim that the United Kingdom has failed to respond to Argentina’s claims of militarisation of the Falkland Islands.

I would first remind you that the only reason there are military forces here is as a result of our country being invaded by Argentina in 1982. On the specific point, I would refer you to the written reply of 22nd February 2012 from the United Kingdom Government to the Government of Argentina.

The Decolonisation Committee is seen by most people as an outdated, ineffective and partial Committee and your actions as Chair have brought its reputation even further into disrepute. The elected Members of the Falkland Island Government yet again extend an invitation to you and other members of the committee to visit the Falkland Islands before the next meeting of the Committee so as to better inform yourselves of the real situation here.

Yours sincerely,

The Honourable Dr Barry Elsby MLA

On behalf of Members of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly”


8 Responses to “Falkland Islands Government Press Release”

  1. Don Alberto November 21, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Who is THE boss, the Secretary General of the UN or the chairman of some sub-sub-committee?

    End of story.

    • Clematys November 23, 2012 at 1:09 am #

      Barry Elsby is a British born man who decided to jump on his country’s colonial bandwagon… go figure …

      • Don Alberto November 23, 2012 at 1:18 am #

        Extremely interesting, Clematys!

        This is completely new to me.

        When did Barry Elsby become the Secretary General of the United Nations?

        Together with some 7 billion other people on this planet, I was under the misapprehension that Ban Ki-moon is the Secretary General of the UN.
        Glad you helped me (us) out here :-O

        As can be seen above, the question was: Who is THE boss, the Secretary General of the UN or the chairman of some sub-sub-committee?

        (warning! irony and/or sarcasm may be found in the above text)

      • lordton1955 November 23, 2012 at 5:24 am #

        I am English first, and British second – perhaps you should go figure ?

      • Clematys November 23, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

        There are no black or people of native american descent on the Islands’ Legislative Assembly … Will the other foreign born inhabitants (read South Americans) one day be invited to this mafiosi’s table, or are they only considered fodder for your “multicultural and accepting community” imperial propaganda?

      • Don Alberto November 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

        Clematys, how many black are members of Argentina’s Legislative Assembly?

        They “disappeared” during ‘El blancheado’.

      • Clematys November 24, 2012 at 1:28 am #

        Don Alberto, there are all kinds of people in the Argentine Legislature, and the country has already achieved recognition as a self-governing society and is surely not trying to prove anything to the World. On the other hand, the current Malvinas’ government has been trying to sell an image of a multicultural community as proof of a fair and diverse society. Instead the UK government has been sending British born citizens to massage the numbers and to make up for the islanders’ self-inflicted shortcomings. The islands legislature can say anything they want, but cannot claim to represent its population.

  2. Geoff November 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Clematys-Tobias, You didn’t answer the question about how many black folks were on the Argentine Legislature, why do you avoid this question? Last time we checked most of your political franchise were made up of white wannabe-italian ex-nazis wearing brown-shirts and smashing up shop windows following some thinly veiled ideology borrowed from hitler called peronism.

    Your telling me this represents the Argentines? (who killed most of their ‘brown folk’ or pushed them under a train)

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