The Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization Committee) approved its work program for the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly, covering topics ranging from the decolonization of the 17 remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories and United Nations peacekeeping operations, to the plight of Palestinian refugees and other Arab territories, among other agenda items.
The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, currently chaired by Keisha Aniya McGuire (Grenada), is on a visiting mission to the Caribbean island of Montserrat until Friday 20 December, while also holding meetings in Antigua and Barbuda.
Argentina recalled on Monday, 10 June, a new anniversary of the creation in 1829 of the Political and Military command headquarters of the Malvinas Islands and adjacencies to Cape Horn in the Atlantic Sea, and which has been incorporated to the official calendar as the Day of Affirmation of Argentine Rights over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and its surrounding maritime spaces.
”We have a right to live in peace, in freedom and to determine our own future”. “We have a right to live in peace, we have a right to our freedom and above all we have a right to determine our own future”, Falkland Islands elected lawmaker, MLA Ian Hansen told the United Nations decolonization committee or C24 on Wednesday, in New York.
Falkland Islands lawmakers have pledged that their presentations before the United Nations Decolonization Committee or C 24 this year in New York will be as robust as ever, despite the improvement of relations between Argentina and the United Kingdom.
An Argentine Senator has stated that the solution to the Falklands/Malvinas dispute is a period of shared sovereignty, with Latin American support and guarantees, before the Islands are finally handed over to Argentina.
Russia's president Vladimir Putin has got involved in the Falkland Islands row, urging Britain it must sit down with Argentina for fresh talks to resolve the dispute, as indicated by the United Nations.
Mr. Alejandro Betts spoke on 20 June this year at the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation, as a petitioner on the “Falklands (Malvinas) Question.” It has been brought to my attention that his speech included a highly distorted account of my visit to the Islands to observe the referendum on behalf of the South Atlantic Council.
India and Argentina pledged to improve trade relations, particularly in “non-traditional areas” said Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman alongside his counterpart, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, at the end of his visit to India. Timerman also thanked New Delhi for its support in the Falklands/Malvinas dispute.
A delegation of Argentine lawmakers headed by the presidents of the foreign affairs committees from the Senate, Daniel Filmus and Lower House, Guillermo Carmona are currently in Dublin where they will discuss with their peers and Irish authorities Argentina’s position in the Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty dispute.