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Venezuela defends the right to self-determination of the peoples at the UN Seminar on Decolonization

2016-06-01

In the framework of the Regional Seminar on Decolonization, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela raised its voice against colonial situations that still persist in the XXI century, and defended the right to self-determination of the peoples.

Venezuela set its stance regarding the current situations in different territories such as Puerto Rico, self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States; and the occupation of the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands and Western Sahara, last colony of the African continent.

Independence for Borinquen

The Island of Puerto Rico has been submitted to a process of tutelage by the United States, in spite of the legitimate aspirations of its people of achieving full independence.

During its statement, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounced the repression and incarceration of Puerto Rican independence leaders, being Oscar Lopez Rivera the most well-known case, who has been detained in the United States for more than 36 years for fighting for the independence of his homeland.

On the other hand, the Venezuelan delegation underscored the economic issues the Borinquen Island has faced as a result of its colonial status.

Territorial Sovereignty in the Malvinas Islands Venezuela rejected the persisting military occupation in the Malvinas Islands, claiming that the States territory is inviolable and it cannot be subject to military occupation or any other measure imposed by another State, neither directly nor indirectly.

Multiple multilateral forums have stated their support to the Argentine Republic over the persisting military occupation in the Malvinas Islands and its legitimate sovereignty claims over the territory.

Additionally, Venezuela rejected the exploitation of hydrocarbons by the United Kingdom and insisted on the importance to respect the sovereignty of the peoples and nations over their natural resources, in compliance

Western Sahara: the last colony in Africa

The delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela indicated that the situation in Western Sahara is an unfinished process of colonization.

The referendum in Western Sahara, endorsed in the Settlement Plan 25 years ago, for the Saharawi people to exert their self-determination or independence, is necessary to ensure international peace and security through a fair, lasting, and consecutive political solution.

Venezuela raised its concern for the situation in Western Sahara and the possible solution, given the arbitrary occupation of Morocco of the territory, contrary to the mandates of the United Nations,  which seeks to prevent the referendum to take place by blocking the work on the ground.


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