Prime Minister grateful for UN resolution on decolonization
Prime Minister Andrew Fahie welcomed the final adoption of the United Nations (UN) resolution on “the question of the British Virgin Islands” adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the end of its 76th session on December 11, which dealt with the issue of decolonization.
Speaking on the adoption of the UN resolution, Prime Minister Fahie said he was pleased that the adoption of the UN resolution on the Virgin Islands concluded the final step with the adoption by Member States at the General Assembly in New York.
“The resolution reiterates the view of the international community that the British Virgin Islands have the inalienable right to self-determination, which must not be hindered, and that it is the people of the Virgin Islands who must determine the future. territorial policy.
It also confirms the position of the international community that the constitutional position of the Virgin Islands and the role of the elected government should not be hampered, but rather autonomy and constitutional reforms should take place in a way that promotes greater self-determination, ”Fahié said.
The Prime Minister also thanked the members and associate members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), as well as the member states of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization (C- 24) for their unwavering support.
“I am grateful to the members and associate members of CARICOM and OECS for their unwavering support to the Virgin Islands during this year, especially with regard to the commission of inquiry for which my administration is seeking a just outcome. I am especially grateful to the government of Antigua and Barbuda for chairing CARICOM and chairing the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS); as well as the government of Grenada which chairs the OECS and is also president of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization ”, declared the Prime Minister.
“It took a lot of courage to support us internationally and we are truly grateful to our neighbors. CARICOM can be proud of having continued, as a regional body and as a grouping of member states and territories, to defend democracy, human rights and due process under the law, this which is very important for the maintenance of peace and stability in the Caribbean region. The members of the C-24 also have my unwavering gratitude for their understanding and support, ”he added.
Fahie also commended his international team for their strong engagement with the United Nations system on behalf of the Virgin Islands. He thanked Deputy Prime Minister Natalio Wheatley and his special envoy Benito Wheatley for ensuring strong representation of the territory at each of the international forums in the context of the decolonization of the United Nations. These forums included the United Nations regional seminar on decolonization in Dominica, the substantive session of C-24 in New York, and the meeting of the United Nations Fourth Committee (Special Policy and Decolonization) at the 76th session of the United Nations. General assembly.
Prime Minister Fahie said his government will remain engaged with the UN in terms of its international obligations as one of the remaining 17 territories maintained by the General Assembly on the UN’s list of Non-Self-Governing Territories as the UN continues to support.
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