6 October 2011
Statement by Mr. MohammadReza Sahraei
Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
before the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
on the agenda items related to “Decolonization”
at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
(New York, 6 October 2011)
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
At the outset, I would like to congratulate you on your election as the Chair of the special political and decolonization Committee. My congratulations also go to other members of the Bureau. I am confident that under your outstanding leadership, this Committee will be able to complete its work with great success.
We associate ourselves with the statement made by Egypt on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Ever since its inception, the United Nations has taken it as an important task to help the vast number of colonial countries and peoples to exercise their right to self-determination. Gratifying results have been achieved in this regard. Especially, in 1960, the General Assembly adopted the historic Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, which has since greatly accelerated decolonization across the world. Despite all effort exerted by the United Nations and its different organs to end decolonization and to implement the Declaration On the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and People, we have witnessed with regret that decolonization process is still yet to be completed and there are still 16 Non- Self Governing Territories under the purview of the General Assembly.
The existence of colonialism in any form or manifestation, including economic exploitation is incompatible with Charter of the United Nations, the Declaration of the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and People and needs to be eradicated. In this regard, the essential duty of United Nations is to speed up the process of decolonization toward the complete elimination of colonialism in accordance with the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, subsequent relevant General Assembly resolutions, and the provisions of the United Nations Charter.
Meanwhile, the Administering Powers, under the charter of the United Nations have a significant obligation to promote the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the people of Non-Self-Governing Territories. While one of their main responsibilities is to protect the human and natural resources of those Territories against possible abuses, they should also make all necessary measures in order to avoid any economic and other activities that may adversely affect the interests of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories, including their cultural and social integrity.
Furthermore, it is vital to note that military installations and activities of Administering Powers in some of Non-Self-Governing Territories run counter to the rights and interests of the peoples of those territories, and the impact of military activities on the environment, economic development and the health of their population, is a source of serious concern.
The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates its full support to the activities and the hard work of the Special committee and to the decolonization process carried out by the United Nations through its pertinent bodies, pursuant to the provisions and objectives of the Charter of the United Nations and principles established in resolution 1514 (XV) of the General Assembly. We believe that the Special Committee should enhance its efficiency in order to adopt a more effective working method, improve its interaction and cooperation with Administering Powers, and ensure the active participation of peoples of the Non-self-Governing Territories in determining their own future.
We also commend the role of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and the Department of Public Information (DPI) in furthering the cause of decolonization through including provision of necessary technical and advisory services to the people of the Territories, as well as the dissemination of relevant information at the local, regional and international level on the activities of the United Nations concerning decolonization. We encourage them to continue to intensify their efforts in this respect.
The Islamic Republic of Iran continues to put emphasis on political, economic, social and educational advancement of the Non-Self-Governing Territories in the decolonization process as a prerequisite for any decision taken to change the status of the None-Self-Governing Territories.
Allow me, in conclusion, Madam Chair to assure you of our full and continued support to the work of the committee.