H.E. Ambassador Yusra Khan
The Deputy Permanent Representative of
The Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations
Agenda Items 56-60:
On the Cluster of items on Decolonization
New York, 6 October 2011
I wish to begin by congratulating you on your election as Chair of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the Sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.My felicitation also goes to other members of the Bureau.
We look forward to closely working with you, and we assure you of our full support as well as our confidence that under your able stewardship, this Committee will enjoy productive deliberations.
We wish to associate with the statement delivered earlier by the representative of Egypt on behalf of Non-Aligned Movement.
Indonesia welcomes the Report of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples for 2011, as contained us in document A/66/23. The report not only chronicles the activities of the Special Committee during the year 2011 but also provides directives for the Committee to take in the year 2012.
We support the adoption, by consensus, of all the draft resolutions produced by the Special Committee on Decolonization, as contained in the recommendations. We also welcome the conclusions and recommendations of the Special Committee 2011 Regional Seminar, including the suggestions and proposals for the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism.
Indonesia remains a strong and vocal supporter of the work of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization.For Indonesia, as a product of our history, and as stipulated in our Constitution, the work of the Special Committee will always be of particular importance to our people. We are committed to this work for as long as there is any territory still under colonial control.
We therefore reiterate our commitment to the rights of the remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories and territories under foreign occupation. On this issue, Indonesia will always be guided by the principles and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and the subsequent relevant resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly.
Last May, Indonesia was pleased to host the 16th Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, in Bali.
The Conference renewed its call to UN Member States to speed up the process of decolonization towards the complete elimination of colonialism. In this regard, we reiterate the effective implementation of the Plan of Action of the Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2011-2020).
In late May to early June, we were also pleased to participate in the Caribbean Regional Seminar on the Implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism: Goals and Expected Accomplishments, in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
We strongly share its conclusion that in view of the cross-cutting nature of the challenges faced by some NSGTs in the dynamics of today’s interconnected world, efforts must be made for the continued strengthening of administrative capacity, good governance and economic sustainability of the NSGTs toenable the Territories to address the cross-cutting issues in a holistic manner.
Closer cooperation between the Special Committee and the administering Powers is crucial to the implementation of the decolonization mandate of the United Nations. We call upon the administering Powers to offer their own support and cooperate with this vitally-important body so that we can make progress on the decolonization agenda.
The fact, that there still remain 16 territories seeking to fully exercise their rights of self-determination should put us on alert. The International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self Governing Territories, which took place from May 24 to 30 this year, would have been a gentle reminder of this point.
In our view, Member States should use this Third Decade to encourage all parties to show greater commitment and sense of purpose in order to achieve tangible results on the subject of decolonization.
We reiterate our position that when it comes to an individual dispute over a territory, the parties concerned have the responsibility to negotiate, within the peculiarities of that particular colonial territory and bearing in mind the best interests of the population.
Indonesia encourages all administering Powers to take all necessary steps in the implementation of the Declaration and the relevant United Nations resolutions, in accordance with the freely expressed wishes of the peoples of the Territories concerned, and appeal them to support the work of the Special Committee in this regard. At the same time, we commend the administering Powers who have been actively participating in the Special Committee and take the initiatives and engaged in the efforts of implementing the Declaration.
We encourage the populations of the NSGTs to continue to participate actively in the process and take educated decisions concerning the best option available to them in resolution 1514 (XV). To facilitate that, we also call on relevant United Nations bodies, including UNESCO and UNDP, to grant much-needed economic and technical assistance to these populations.
Finally, Madam Chair, I wish to reiterate Indonesia’s full support of all efforts aimed at eradicating colonialism and guaranteeing the right of all peoples in self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Charter. We call on Member States to continue to contribute constructively so as to enable us to achieve this objective in the near future.
I thank you, Madam Chair.
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