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Falklands’ lawmakers lobby Caribbean nations in support of self-determination

Wednesday, February 8th 2012 - 01:11 UTC
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MLAs Sharon and Edwards visited Grenada  MLAs Sharon and Edwards visited Grenada

Members of the Falklands Islands Legislative Assembly, Sharon Halford and Roger Edwards, have visited Grenada in the Caribbean to discuss the Falkland Islands right to self-determination with government ministers and senior officials.

This is a follow up to the visit of MLA Mike Summers and MLA Roger Edwards to Antigua, Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis late last year. They are sharing first-hand with Caribbean nations their experiences of life in the Falklands and internal governance of the Islands, but also the challenges they face in the United Nations for support for their right to self determination.

Self determination is the very principle enacted by the people of Grenada when choosing to become independent from the United Kingdom in 1974. Respect for this principle remains a cornerstone of the United Nations Charter and effectively implemented by the Falkland Islands people in spite of all obstacles and challenges from Argentina and the UN Decolonization Committee or C-24.

Precisely last month Grenada hosted the Seventh Ministerial UK-Caribbean Forum where an Action Plan was agreed which among other points it specifically recognized the right of self determination for the Falkland Islanders. The meeting was attended by the UK government, Foreign Secretary William Hague and members of the Caribbean Community organization, CARICOM.

“To support the principle and the right to self determination for all peoples, including the Falkland Islanders, recognising the historical importance of self-determination in the political development of the Caribbean, and its core status as an internationally agreed principle under the United Nations Charter” said the statement agreed by the forum.

The Falkland Islanders remain a small, distinct and resolute island people. Like many peoples around the world, many of the Islanders can trace their families back over several generations, having arrived from Europe through natural waves of ‘free choice’ migration in the mid-1800s.

The people of the Falkland Islands descend from the first known people to have settled the Falkland Islands over generations, as it had no indigenous population.

Many advances have been made in the constitutional relationship between the Falklands and the UK. It is a relationship based on partnership, shared values and the right of the Falkland Islanders to determine whether they wish to retain their link with the UK.

The Falkland Islands Constitution devolves responsibility for all issues, with the exception of defence and foreign affairs. The Falklands has developed its own full legislative and executive branches of government, with a dedicated civil service to implement Falklands’ government policy.

Grenada is a member of the Commonwealth consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The size of the island is 344 square kilometers with an estimated population of 110.000. Capital is St. George.

Grenada is a member of the current Decolonization Committee which also includes the Caribbean island nations of Saint Vincent & Grenadines; Saint Lucia; St Kitts and Nevis; Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda. The current chairman is Francisco Carrion Mena from Ecuador.

However Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and Grenadines are also members of Venezuela’s sponsored ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of the Americas). During the last summit this past weekend, Santa Lucia (and Surinam) officially applied to join the group.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Helber Galarga

    I am curious to read the island colonists take on this diplomacy venture.

    When the Argentine Gov't wooed neighbours some stated it was only words.

    Feb 08th, 2012 - 01:25 am 0
  • AndyMac

    1 Helber Galarga

    Are you a “colonist” Helber? As an Argentine, you family must have come to Argentina from Europe or some other part of the world, seeing as your country is 90% European. If people started refering to you as a “colonist” would you appreciate it? Would you take them seriously?

    You like insulting us? Does it fulfill your meaning less life that all you have to do is post insults here?

    What I find hard to do with you people, is have a meaningful debate, because your full of misinformation, your government winds you up like clockwork toys, you love your country but you haven't the sense to see the insanity in that. All you do is post insults and lies.

    Feb 08th, 2012 - 01:55 am 0
  • Helber Galarga

    No I am not Andy Mac!

    I am what you call a mestizo. Have you ever heard of them? So, no, you are wrong. My family did not come from Europe or some other part of the world.
    I am the offspring (generations now) of the pillaging and looting undertaken by europeans on this land.

    So, if you want to talk about misinformation, we can begin with your assumption (you know what they say of those who assume, don't you?) that my family came from Europe. Well, they did not!

    Somehow many of you posters here seem to believe, that Argentina was vacant and settled by Europeans. Allow me to educate you: that is wrong! There were many local indigenous peoples and despite the hardship and killings my ancestors suffered, WE WERE NOT WIPED OUT! WE ARE STILL HERE!!

    Feb 08th, 2012 - 02:06 am 0
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