MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, November 19th 2018 - 09:40 UTC

C24 slammed for failing to visit Falklands

Sunday, December 21st 2014 - 11:39 UTC
Full article 81 comments
Britain ’s ambassador to the United Nations Sir Mark Lyall Grant Britain ’s ambassador to the United Nations Sir Mark Lyall Grant

Britain ’s ambassador to the United Nations has hit out at the UN’s Special Committee on Decolonisation (C24) for its “outdated” approach to dealing with overseas territories.

 Sir Mark Lyall Grant said Britain had invited Xavier Lasso Mendoza, the committee chair who is also Ecuador’s ambassador to the UN, to visit the Falklands to see that its people want to stay part of Britain.

“The UK ambassador regretted that the Special Committee on Decolonisation continues to ignore the Falkland Islands Government’s invitation to visit the Falkland Islands to see the reality of this flourishing, self-governing territory for themselves and to hear why the Islanders wish to remain a UK Overseas Territory,” said Mr Grant.

“The Committee’s approach of ignoring the people directly affected is outdated and inconsistent with their proclaimed objective of assisting the peoples of the non-self-governing territories to achieve their right of self-determination.”

The Falkland Islands Government has invited the C24 to visit the Falklands on no less than eight occasions to date with the most notable being in 2011 when the chairman was asked to travel to the Islands to balance a recent trip to Argentina.

At the 2013 referendum 99.8 per cent of Falkland Islanders voted in favour of remaining an overseas territory of the UK. (PN)

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • zathras

    Game Over Man, Game Over !

    “The Falkland Islands Government has invited the C24 to visit the Falklands on no less than eight occasions to date with the most notable being in 2011 when the chairman was asked to travel to the Islands to balance a recent trip to Argentina.”

    Time to call time on this C24 farce.
    If they cannot be bothered to actually visit the Islands to see the true situation then they have no authority.
    We should immediately remove ALL British Overseas Territories from the C24 listings.

    Dec 21st, 2014 - 12:04 pm 0
  • nigelpwsmith

    Seems that the C24 are quite willing to take Argentine bribes to visit Buenos Aires, but won't come to the honest Falkland Islands, because it would upset the C24's paymasters!

    Dec 21st, 2014 - 12:57 pm 0
  • Porto Margaret

    Now the C24 have been enlightened to Great Britains position on the past behaviour of the C24.

    No further needs to be done or said with respect to the C24, until they pay a courteous visit to the Falkland Islands.

    As zathras says GB can comfortable remove ALL British Overseas Territories from the C24 listings.

    Dec 21st, 2014 - 01:00 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!