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Cuba elected as vice-president of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization

Sunday, February 27th 2011 - 23:23 UTC
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Cuban ambassador Nuñez Mosquera insists Puerto Rico must be in the C24 list Cuban ambassador Nuñez Mosquera insists Puerto Rico must be in the C24 list

Cuba was elected last week vice president of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, also known as the Committee of the 24, exclusively in charge of promoting a decolonization agenda.

Upon assuming the post, the Cuban UN representative Pedro Nuñez Mosquera thanked the committee for the appointment and said he considered it an acknowledgement to Cuba’s commitment to the eradication of colonialism in the world.

Cuba takes on the vice presidency of the committee on the beginning of the third international decade for eradication of colonialism, when there are still 16 non-self-governing territories listed by the UN.

Nuñez Mosquera made it a point to denounce the media “for seeking to silence the claim of the Puerto Rican people for its independence” and accused (the US) for the “repression unleashed in that country against university students”.

The Cuban official said the decolonization committee can’t remain inactive before such situations. C 24 considers the Puerto Rican situation as a special case and the Cuban delegate promised efforts to include it in the list of colonial territories.

The UN official List of Non-Self-Governing Territories includes Anguila, Bermuda, Caiman Islands, Falklands/Malvinas Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, St Helena, Gibraltar and Pitcairn, all under U.K control.

The list also comprises US Virgin Islands, Guam and US Samoa (the three under US control), New Caledonia (France), Tokelau (New Zealand) and Western Sahara (former Spanish colony, currently occupied by Morocco).

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  • Beef

    'Cuba' and 'election'! Now there is a novel concept!

    Feb 27th, 2011 - 11:33 pm 0
  • briton

    Sounds like a load of anti British crap to me,
    c24 needs urgently to be scrapped, the eradication of colonialism in the world. is nothing but raciest against the British, Cuba of all people to tell these people who they can choose and who they cant,
    kettle calling to pot black, I believe, no doubt argie bloggers will jump on this, as a sign from the man upstairs that they can claim what they want,
    thus I will treat this as it should be treated, and put it in the bin mmmm

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 12:21 am 0
  • Redhoyt

    LOL Wonderful ... the C-24 was discredited before but this couldn't be better!

    Almost as if it had been arranged so that the grown up countries can fully ignore C-24 decisions, although that wouldn't be much of a change.

    Now if I was a betting man I'd say that the C-24's funding will be questioned next :-)

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 01:24 am 0
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