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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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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. Read full article


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  • Beef

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

    Feb 27th, 2011 - 11:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 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 - Link - Report abuse 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 - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    “The UN official List of Non-Self-Governing Territories includes Anguila, Bermuda, Caiman Islands, Falklands/Malvinas Islands...”

    No one (other than the kelper idiots) refers to Malvinas as a “self-governing territory”.

    What a ludicrous bunch of clowns you guys are.

    Welcome Cuba, lets get this matter resolved... ;-)

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 04:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    From Ban KI Moon's 24th Feb speech to the C-24 - “ ... Today, 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories remain on the list, awaiting constructive, results-oriented initiatives. On a case-by-case basis, those Territories have to be given the opportunity to exercise their right to self-determination in order to take the interests of their peoples fully into account....”

    No mention of 'special colonial situations'.

    Tha matter WAS resolved ..... in 1833 :-)

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 04:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    Could you post a link to the text you just quoted please?

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 04:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    Certainly -

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 04:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    You're fond of this article because it doesn't refer to Malvinas as a “special case”.

    How exactly does that work in your favor?

    ”Remaining on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories are Western Sahara, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)…“ Etc.

    That's all that matters, Malvinas is still on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories waiting resolution.

    Nothing's ”resolved”, it's your link Redhot, it's right there in black and white.

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 05:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    Believe what you like Martian, the matter was 'resolved' in 1833 ... and that is why Britain, ”has no doubt about its sovereignty'.

    What has not been resolved is the timing of the islander's independence ... which is the function of the Decoloization Committee. Not a 'special' case ... just a colonial situation which will be resolved in the islanders favour given sufficient time :-)

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 05:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    It's not what I believe, I didn't tell you what I believe, I quoted from your own link.

    The timing? What is the UK waiting for? Argentina dropping its claim? lol

    “Britain has no doubt about its sovereignty”

    “...just a colonial situation”

    Yeah, just a colonial situation, that's all. ;-)

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 06:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    And 'colonial situations' end with independence ..... the UN has no other choice !

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 08:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard

    Perhaps the British might adopt the 'standard' French approach and make these overseas territories full Departements (states/counties/whatever) of the country in question.

    In this way the Falkland Islands would have the same rights and protection as, say, Surrey (UK) or Hawaii (USA) - and, like Pearl Harbour, any attack on a part is an attack on the whole.

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 02:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    mmmm this could well be a good idea, [Falklands county] or the county of Falkland, sending an MP to Westminster, pay taxes and get what we all get,
    that way if I am correct, an attack on the Falklands, would be a direct attack on great Britain, giving us the right to attack Argentinean mainland.
    [Would this be correct[[ GeoffWard (#[[ then we can withdraw most of the military and live in peace, and Argentina would be left in no doubt what would happen if at ant time in the future they tried anything, then they would forget all about the Falklands, and all of their support would just fade away, mmm

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 03:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin_Fierro

    Yeah, why don't you try that UK? Now that Argentina is no longer the “evil junta dictatorship”, after Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela retaliate there will be nothing left of your military.

    Little boys playing war-games in their heads, really sad.

    Malvinas is already labeled and managed as a full dependency and state of the UK, as you have said... “a colonial situation”.


    Feb 28th, 2011 - 04:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    #13 Briton, can you imagine the size of the Falklands MP's expenses? It'd put the previous highest travel claimant (Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney & Shetland) in the shade...

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redhoyt

    The Dutch have just done something similar with their overseas territories and legally there's nothing to stop the islands becoming a 'county' of England. Having said that, looking at the effectiveness of most County Councils it could be a disaster!

    The point is though that the British Government have publicly stated that they will support any of the overseas territories becoming independent if the people wish it. They haven't said that about Kent or Warwickshire!

    Martian - Argentina hasn't got anything to 'retaliate' with, Brazil is too bright and Venezuela is all talk! And as I said 'colonial situations' according to the UN should have only ONE solution. Although the UN accepted the Dutch rearrangement as it had accepted the French system. What they have NEVER done is force the handover of territory to another State against the wishes of the people of that territory.

    So dream on!

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 11:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    15 Rufus
    what about a large screen, using live pictures,

    16 Redhoyt
    can you imagine Argentina attacking Kent,
    as for the councils, you are of course correct, but admittedly they would only have 3,000 tenants, would they receive more from the government than the taxes,
    but then again, as Argentina has no intention of coming anywhere near the islands again, things will be ok as they are,
    thanks guys .

    Feb 28th, 2011 - 11:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Denrich

    Why are Argentines looking at the c24 commitee to resolve it's claim?

    De-colonization simply will result in independence of the Falkland Islands.

    The c24 is powerless when ot comes to resolving sovereignty issues, so why does Argentina hold this commitee with such importance? Fact is the c24 is outdated & pointless and should be scrapped.

    Mar 01st, 2011 - 05:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JustinKuntz

    I think you'll find that most BOT would not support full integration as funnily enough it would lead to less self-government than they currently enjoy. And it would lead to more EU interference.

    'nuff said

    Mar 05th, 2011 - 12:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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