United Nations C-24 will hold special meeting on Western Sahara
This information was provided by Rafael Ramirez, Chair of C-24 and Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, who explained that there is a need to discuss the situation of the Saharawi territory to seek for specific progress in this matter.
“We have agreed to hold a special meeting in the near future that allow us to discuss the different points of view in this regard, as well as to make contributions from within our specific area of expertise, with the scope of giving momentum to the process of decolonization in Western Sahara” said Ramirez.
The Chairman of the Committee on Decolonization considered the dialogue between the members of the Committee in favor of non-self-governing territories to be a success, particularly the case of Western Sahara, in which the intense discussions resulted in a non-paper that ratifies the delegate of the Polisario Front as the representative of the people of Western Sahara.
Regarding the current situation in Puerto Rico, there was a debate with the participation of numerous petitioners who requested the C-24 to review at the UN General Assembly the political, economic, and social situation in the island.
In the context of this discussion, the Committee agreed to soon visit Oscar Lopez Rivera, who has been imprisioned in the United States for over 35 years for his fight for the Independence of Puerto Rico.
International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self- Governing Territories
This year, the Committee on Decolonization, in compliance with the mandate of the UN General Assembly, reactivated the International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self- Governing Territories after twenty years of inactivity. During this week, there were held different activities to promote the principle of self-determination of the peoples.
"United Nations, now, in the 21st Century and for the third millennium, should focus all of its efforts, to the utmost, on moral, intellectual, scientific, social, cultural, economic and financial order, in the fight against the demons of hunger, poverty and death that scourge our planet."
"We will take with us to the UN a voice that repudiates terrorism and speaks out in favour of world peace; that respects the sovereignty of peoples and has the credit of the 181 countries who voted for us, not as an imperialist power that conquers peoples, but with our Bolivarian vision of peace and the right to exist."
"We must speak clearly and firmly on this point: during the United Nations’ 70 years of existence, the Palestinian people have faced a constant lack of respect for the most basic rights, and it is shameful that this organisation has known about the situation since it was founded and to date no political solution to the conflict has been reached"
"Venezuela will now, more than ever, be an active voice in the defence of the sovereign equality of nations; in particular of the inalienable rights of the peoples of the South to development and peace"