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C24 president insists Falklands dispute is over sovereignty, not self determination

Monday, March 4th 2013 - 05:34 UTC
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Ecuadorean ambassador and C24 president, Diego Morejón Pazmiño Ecuadorean ambassador and C24 president, Diego Morejón Pazmiño

The UN Decolonisation Committee has not received any further requests on the Falklands/Malvinas issue, and “there is no such procedure as self-determination regarding the Islands dispute”, according to the C24 president Diego Morejón Pazmiño, standing Ecuadorean ambassador before the UN.

C24 is responsible for examining and accompanying the different processes leading to finalize with colonies or “non autonomous territories”.

Ambassador Morejón Pazmiño statement comes just a few days before the Falkland Islands holds a referendum, March 10/11 to decide on their political status and future, basically if they want to remain as a British Overseas Territory.

“I think that the people that live in the Islands can do whatever they wish. They have that right and it can’t be denied. But nevertheless the discussion is not self determination but sovereignty over the Islands according to the UN documentation”, said Ambassador Morejon Pazmiño.

“Falklands/Malvinas figures in the list of non autonomous territories because of a unilateral decision from the UK going back to 1946. If you check the list you will see it figures as a Territory, with the administrative power, the UK. There in that paper is the dependency relation, but several UN resolutions have established the need for the two countries to sit and discuss the issue as of sovereignty. And when the issue refers to sovereignty, the Decolonization Committee has nothing to do or even suggest. Furthermore the issue should not even exist because if the Malvinas are Argentine, and that is how Ecuador looks at the issue, as such it should be expressed and defined permanently”.

Ambassador Morejon Pazmiño who allegedly is an expert in the Falklands/Malvinas dispute was recently re-elected by acclamation to continue as president of the C24, which means he will be holding the post until 2014.

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  • Frank

    So thats it off the C24 list then ...that wasn't difficult. Who will the RGs start whinging to next?

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 05:44 am 0
  • Britworker

    And what would you expect an Ecuadorian ambassador to say? These South Americans do struggle with the principle of self- determination. He is right though, the decolonisation committee isn't there to deal with sovereignty disputes or put another way, Argentinas tantrums!

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 06:19 am 0
  • Diddles

    The Ecuadorian is government is left wing and very sypathetic towards Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia and Argentina. Therefore, C24 Presiedent is hardly an unbiased observer of the Falklands situation. Interestingly, neither he or any other members of C24 have taken up the opportunity offered to them by the Falklands Government to visit the islands and see for themselves what the situation is....of course not, because the committee is farce.....this Committee features many second/3rd world countries, who no doubt see this committee as a good opportunity to grind a few axes.

    Here's a question for the Decoloisation Committee, why are French Guiana (about the size of Portugal), Melilla and Cueta (Spanish posssessions on the Moroccan coast), Greenland (similar to the Falklands, with its own government, but Denmark still responsible for defence and foreign affairs), Wesy Irian/West Papua (the UN process that handed it to Indonesia in 1969 was a farce) or Tibet (invaded by China in 1959) not on that list for example if this committee is so very serious about decolonisation issues.

    Mar 04th, 2013 - 06:41 am 0
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