17 June 2013
Statement by Mr. Mohammad Reza Sahraei Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran
on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement
Before the Special Committee on Decolonization
New York, 17 June 2013
I have the honor to address the Special Committee on Decolonization on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Since its inception in 1955, the Non-Aligned Movement, has attached great importance to Decolonization and the exercise of the legitimate right to self-determination of peoples under colonization and alien dominance. The Movement reaffirms once again its full support for the aspirations of peoples under colonial rule to exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and its relevant resolutions.
The Non-Aligned Movement reiterates its full support to the activities and the hard work of the Untied Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, and again urges the Administration Powers to grant their full support to the activities of the Committee and fully cooperate with this United Nations body. Likewise, the Movement renews its call to UN Member States to speed up the process of decolonization towards the complete elimination of colonialism, and including by supporting the effective implementation of the Plan of Action of the Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (20-11-2020).
The Non-Aligned Movement reaffirms its position on the question of Puerto Rico, contained in the Final Document of the 16th Summit Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries held in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, in August 2012, as well as the in the final document of the 17th NAM Ministerial meeting held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in May 2012, in which the Movement reaffirms the right of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination and independence on the basis of General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV) and urges the United Nations General Assembly to actively consider the question of Puerto Rico in all its aspects.
The colonial question in Puerto Rico has been under consideration of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization for more than 38years. As a result, a total of 31 resolutions or decisions have already been adopted by the Committee on this subject. The Movement welcomes, in particular, the fact that over the last decade, Special Committee has adopted its resolutions on this issue by consensus. The Movement expresses its strong support for such resolutions, which are in full agreement with NAM’s traditional positions on the question of Puerto Rico, and call for their expedite implementation.
The Movement call on the Government of the United States to assume its responsibility to expedite a process that will allow the Puerto Rico people to fully exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence. Likewise, Nam urges the Government of United States to return the occupied land and installations of Vieques Island and at the Roosevelt Road Naval Station to Puerto Rican people, who constitute a Latin American and Caribbean nation.
In closing, I would like to reiterate the full support of NAM members to the work of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization. We hope that on this occasion the Special Committee, as in previous years, can adopt by consensus yet another resolution on the colonial question of Puerto Rico that takes into account the position expressed by the Non-Aligned Movement on this issues.