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Falklands very happy with their current status of British Overseas Territory

Friday, June 27th 2014 - 08:11 UTC
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MLA Edwards said Islanders had no interest in becoming an Argentine colony MLA Edwards said Islanders had no interest in becoming an Argentine colony

Falkland Islands representative Roger Edwards speaking before the UN Special Decolonization Committee recalled the Islands history and highlighted that the Falklands had British sovereignty since 1765, a time when Argentina did not exist as a sovereign nation.

 He also underlined the right of Falkland Islanders to determine their own future is unequivocal, enshrined in the Charter of United Nations.

MLA Edwards said that the Falklands are very happy with their current status, and have no wish to change it.

This was confirmed in last year's referendum with an overwhelming vote and record turnout, when the Islanders were asked to decide on their future, and if they wished to retain their current status of British Overseas territory.

”With a turnout of 92%, 99.8% of the voters exercised their right of self determination and demonstrated clearly their wish to continue to enjoy economic self sufficiency, internal self government and above all the right to determine their own future. International observers judged the referendum to be free, fair and transparent and in accordance with Falkland Islands law.

Follows the complete text of the speech: http://www.falklands.gov.fk/assets/Speech-260614-R-Edwards-Address-to-C24-2014.pdf

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  • Clyde15

    Nothing left to discuss.

    Jun 27th, 2014 - 09:29 am 0
  • Conqueror

    @1 Oh, I don't know. How about reparations for the 1982 argie invasion? How about compensation to each Islander? How about removal of the argie corpses so the Islanders don't have to put up with argie “visitors”? How about compensation from argieland for every occasion that RAF Typhoons have to take off to warn off argie aircraft and every occasion that a RN vessel has to sail to warn off an argie vessel? In order to show “good faith”, is there any reason why argieland shouldn't pay for the British garrison? Perhaps argieland could despatch vessels regularly to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands for target practice?

    Jun 27th, 2014 - 09:42 am 0
  • Pete Bog

    And the C24's continual ignorance of the Islanders speeches justifies the complete ignorance and distain shown to the C24 by the UK.

    The islanders should remind the C24 every year exactly what their job is -after all that should please the Latam dominated C24 as it will be comforting that the islanders display the same sort of arrogance/distain shown by their South American neighbours-the difference is the islanders are backed up by a country that means business.

    Jun 27th, 2014 - 10:07 am 0
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