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Statement by
H.E. Amb. Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady
Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of
the Republic of Indonesia
to the United Nations

at the meeting 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

on the Question of Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

New York, 21 June 2007


Madam Chair,

Let me first join the previous speakers in welcoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of Argentina, HE Dr. Jorge Taiana, to this Special Committee and his valuable remarks.

One of the great achievements of the United Nations is in the field of decolonization. Through General Assembly resolutions 1514 (XV) on The Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, most of the 114 territories subject to the United Nations Trusteeship Agreements or listed by the General Assembly as non-self governing since 1945, have been resolved either through independence, integration or free association. We believe that this is a genuine achievement to be proud of.

Nevertheless, as we are approaching the end of the Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism in 2010, the task and mandate of this Committee remain unfulfilled as there remain 16 non-self governing territories whose situations are yet to be resolved. Until this is done, we cannot fully celebrate the work of this Committee. It is the duty of the United Nations and the international community to ensure that decolonization is complete through renewed commitment and political will of all parties and by pursuing a proactive, innovative approach.

Madam Chair,

My delegation’s view on how to approach decolonization is well-known: no universal criteria can be applied to every decolonization question. The case of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) is a good example here, in which the historical and political backgrounds of this case form a particular and special dimension that differs from traditional situation.

Resolutions 2065 (XX) and 3160 (XXVIII) took note of the existence of sovereignty dispute over the islands between Argentina and the United Kingdom, and encouraged both parties to seek a peaceful resolution of the problem. Both resolutions also identified the need to accelerate negotiations in order to realize early settlement. Relevant UN resolutions have clearly determined as well that the only way to put an end to this colonial situation is through a peaceful and negotiated settlement, in the best interests of the population of the Island. Hence, Indonesia urges the resumption of negotiations in accordance with the relevant resolutions and decisions of the United Nations, based on the principle of territorial integrity and full acknowledgement of the interests of the Islands’ population.

We are heartened to learn the good level of relationship established between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom in various areas, including agreements of August 3rd, 2006 and of October 11th, 2001, on the clearance of landmines in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). Indonesia would like to encourage both parties to use this good relationship as a foundation to resume talks and to explore all possible means towards finding a peaceful and mutually acceptable solution. Having said that, it is our wish that the draft resolution introduced today by the distinguished Delegate of Chile will be adopted by consensus.

Thank you, Madam Chair.


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