Invite UN to Gibraltar

The Opposition says it takes notes that the UN Special Committee of 24 participated in a recent visiting mission to the Turks and Caicos Islands at the invitation of the Government of the islands. This followed the conclusion of a new constitution for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The Turks and Caicos Islands, like Gibraltar, is a non self-governing territory of the United Kingdom and is included in the United Nations list. The visiting mission to the islands was organised with the concurrence of the British Government.

The purpose of the visit, according to information released by the United Nations itself, was ?to assess the political, social and economic development of the Territory and to provide information on the United Nations decolonization mandate and the issue of self-determination.?

The Opposition considers that it is perfectly logical that the Governments of non self-governing territories should seek the participation of the United Nations in such a process. Indeed, the Opposition advocated the involvement of the United Nations in Gibraltar?s constitutional reform process from day one and the moment that the Select Committee was set up in 1999.

The Opposition adds that if the Government of Gibraltar is serious about the new constitution being an exercise of the right to self-determination, then they too should extend an invitation to the United Nations to send a visiting mission to Gibraltar and obtain the approval of the United Kingdom for such a visit to take place.