Friday, June 01, 2012

A brilliant speech about the Falklands

Roger Edwards, an elected member of the Falkland Islands legislative assembly, made an excellent speech yesterday to the "decolonisation committee" of the United Nations, meeting in Ecuador, in which he suggested that the only way forward for the UN concerning and debates or claims about the future of the islands is to respect the right to self-determination of the inhabitants.

You can read a MercoPress (South Atlantic News) report which includes the full text of his speech at http://en.mercopress.com/2012/05/31/self-determination-only-way-that-leads-to-a-peaceful-permanent-solution-of-falklands-dispute.

2 comments:

Tim said...

Why do arguments about self-determination not apply to the Chagos Islanders ?

Chris Whiteside said...

As I said when you asked similar questions in February and April Tim, I think they should, and would like to see more efforts made to settle the long-running dispute over the Chagos Archipelago on terms acceptable to the former islanders if at all possible.

But the fact that Britain's treatment of the residents of the Chagos archipelago was not one of our finest hours is no reason to deny self-determination to the residents of the Falkland Islands. Two wrongs don't make a right.