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Standing invitation to C24 chair and fact finding commission to travel to Falklands

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 - 21:16 UTC
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C24 current chair Ambassador Diego Morejon Pazmino declined to hold regional seminar in the Falklands C24 current chair Ambassador Diego Morejon Pazmino declined to hold regional seminar in the Falklands

The Falklands government repeated on Tuesday its standing invitation to any current or future chair of the UN Decolonization Committee to visit the Islands and reiterated it welcomes any fact finding commission the C24 wishes to send.

The announcement was made on Tuesday following the Falklands government disappointment with the Decolonization Committee which did not accept the invitation to hold its 2012 annual regional seminar in the Islands.

“We are disappointed that our invitation has not been accepted. It is our belief that the only way for anyone truly to know the Falklands and to know the facts behind our lives and our situation is to visit our home”, said member of the Legislative Assembly Sharon Halford.

MLA Halford added that the Falklands had offered to host the regional seminar and at the same time repeated the invitation for any current or future C24 Chair to visit the Islands as well as welcoming any fact-finding mission to the Islands, the committee wishes to send.

“We hope that one or more of these things will one day take place; these offers remain on the table and we hope that some sort of visit in the future will then be used as a basis for the Committee’s discussions”.

The Falklands elected government release was signed by MLA Sharon Halford.

In spite of the Falklands’ standing invitation to the C24 chair, Ambassador Donatus Keith Saint Aimee, the C 24 chair in 2010 did accept to visit Argentina and travelled to Buenos Aires and Tierra del Fuego, October of that year.

The representative from Santa Lucia met President Cristina Fernandez, Foreign minister Hector Timerman, members of Congress, but declined to travel to the Falklands.

The following year, the C24 chair former Foreign Affairs minister from Ecuador Francisco Carrión Mena also declined to visit the Falkland Islands.

Attached is a copy of the letter sent 22 March to the current chairman, of the US Special Committee on Decolonization, Ambassador Diego Morejon Pazmino from Ecuador by MLA Roger Edwards.

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  • The Cestrian

    Clear bias from the committee. what exactly are they frightened of - that they might see first hand that the islanders live in peace, arent Argentine and want to remain British?

    these people just dont want to face the facts and they make themselves look farcical and totally biased.

    Sad really.

    The Falklanders should do more of this type of thing.

    Apr 03rd, 2012 - 09:26 pm 0
  • MurkyThink

    In principle..you can not negotiate anythings with a government from UK Commonwealth Group,, who have not final authority on foreign relations.

    Apr 03rd, 2012 - 09:27 pm 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    The C24 is just a den of iniquity, completely biased and arguably showing the hallmarks of a corrupt south american or african government institution. It doesn't even seem to do anything other than provide a forum for Argentina to scream about how it hates self-determination, while ignoring the security council and not signing up to the ICJ/ICA.

    It's just faggotry of the utmost proportions. Well done Ban Ki-moon on presiding over this furkshow.

    Apr 03rd, 2012 - 09:37 pm 0
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