Gibraltar Opposition Leader Fabian Picardo will head for New York later this month to address the United Nations Committee of 24 as part of the opposition GSLP/Liberal policy of continuing to ask the C24 to de-list British Overseas Territory and formally close the decolonisation process.
Following the 2006 Constitution the Gibraltar Government took a policy decision to cease attending the C24 sessions but does appear before the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly in the autumn to put forward Gibraltar’s case arguing that the C24, which reports to the Fourth Committee, “has failed to recognise that Gibraltar now has the relationship it seeks with UK2 and also seeks to rebut Spain’s arguments to the UN.
However the Gibraltar Opposition attends both sessions as a petitioner.
A spokesperson for the Gibraltar Opposition also revealed that Joe Bossano has been invited to participate in the annual seminar on decolonisation by the UN Committee of 24 that is held this year in St Vincent and the Grenadines from May 31 to June 2.
“Mr Bossano will be putting the case for Gibraltar’s decolonisation by the exercise of self-determination on the same basis as all the other territories on the UN’s list”, said the spokesperson adding that in December last year the General Assembly decreed that the period 2011 – 2020 was the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism and “Gibraltar continues to be included in the UN list as a territory awaiting decolonisation”.