Overseas Territories call for delisting from the C24

8 Dec

At a meeting of the British Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council, in London, this week agreement was reached on a joint statement supporting a shared committment to self-determination. BOT Council

The statement also addressed concerns that the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation (C24) no longer met the needs of non-self governing territories when those territories wished to remain associated with the mother country.

“We are committed to a modern relationship based on partnership and shared values. We share a commitment to the principle and right of self-determination. The people of each Territory have the right to choose whether or not their Territory should remain a British Overseas Territory and any decision to sever the constitutional link between the UK and a Territory should be on the basis of the clear and constitutionally expressed wish of the people of the Territory. We believe that the UN decolonisation C 24 committee should de-list Territories where this is their wish.”

The Council, which brought together the elected representatives of the 16 British Overseas Territories, met with the aims of:

1. reviewing and implementing the strategy and commitments of the 2012 White Paper The Overseas Territories: Security, Success and Sustainability;
2. providing a forum for the exchange of views on political and constitutional issues between the governments of the Overseas Territories and the UK Government;
3. promoting the security and good governance of the Territories and their sustainable economic and social development; and
4. agreeing priorities and developing plans to meet these objectives.

The Falkland Islands were represented by MLA Jan Cheek and MLA Sharon Halford.

Also this week, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced the re-establishment of a Falklands and Southern Ocean Department, subordinate to the Overseas Territories Directorate. Introducing the new head of the Department, Martin Longden, the spokesman said; “Whilst much of the rationale for this change is to bring OTD’s structures into line with other FCO Directorates, the reestablishment of a Falklands Department also reflects the increasing political importance that Ministers and senior officials attribute to our Falklands work. Supporting the Islanders’ right to self-determination and economic development is a key FCO objective for 2012/13. We have increased by half the size of the Falklands team in London, whilst employing extra resource across our diplomatic network to assist with this effort.”

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are to fall under the Polar Regions Unit.


4 Responses to “Overseas Territories call for delisting from the C24”

  1. Don Alberto December 8, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    About time!

  2. Tradair December 8, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    We don’t get a balanced reception from the chairman of the C24, so why should we respect this ridiculous committee that has no power and achieves absolutely nothing. The referendum should put paid to it.

  3. Clematys December 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    The immoral British imperialists trying to survive the inevitable fate of all empires, and the usual nationalist sheep jumping as requested. The whole World is much bigger, and is watching them more than ever. One thing they need to be sure, iniquity will never survive, and their bubble will blow one day or another.

    • Don Alberto March 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

      The usual malvinista sheep jumping as requested.

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