Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


UNASUR expresses the importance of the question of Falkland Island at the UN


Rafael Ramírez, Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, took the floor at the debate of the UN General Assembly Special Political and Decolonization Committee on behalf of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to state that the colonial situations violate the rights to democracy and freedom.
In his statement, Ambassador Ramírez stressed that “the existence of colonialism, prevents the development of international economic cooperation, impedes the social, cultural and economic development of dependent peoples and militates against the United Nations ideal of universal peace. The exercise of the legitimate and inalienable right to self-determination of peoples subjected to alien subjugation, domination, and exploitation remains an impediment to the universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
UNASUR believes that the question of the Falkland Islands continues to have a particular importance since it has legal and historic consequences that prevent the resolution of such sovereignty dispute through self-determination.
Ramírez urged the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom to reassume the conversations on the question of the Falkland Islands, in accordance with UNASUR’s declaration on this question dated 30 August 2013; in a series of topics ranging from the exploitation of natural resources to the military practices carried out in the area by British forces.
At the same time, UNASUR conveyed its full support to the Saharawi cause and expressed its support to the efforts of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, aimed at exercising the self-determination of the peoples of Western Sahara.
To conclude, Ramírez called for the UN General Assembly to examine the situation of Puerto Rico with a comprehensive approach, since this is a cause that has been discussed for over 40 years at the Special Committee on Decolonization.