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2 Oct 2017- Statement by H.E Mr. Eshagh Al Habib on the agenda items 58-62: “Decolonization” 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Statement by H.E Mr. Eshagh Al Habib

Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

Before  the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Committee)

on the agenda items 58-62: “Decolonization”  72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

(New York, 2 October 2017)

 

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

 

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation welcomes your election as Chair of the special political and decolonization Committee (4th Committee) and wish you and other members of the bureau full success in your endeavors. I assure you of my delegation’s full support during your chairmanship over the Committee.

 

Mr. Chairman,

The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches high importance to the work of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24) in providing colonial countries and peoples with such assistance that can enable them to exercise their right to self-determination. However, despite all efforts made in this regard, regrettably, we are still witnessing the continuation of colonization which causes the current populations (i.e. 1,700,000 inhabitants) of non-self-governing territories suffer from the scourge of colonialism.

            My delegation believes that it is the high time for the international community to actively engage in the process of decolonization to uproot the colonialism in any form or manifestation, including political, social, cultural and economic exploitation. It is necessary that the United Nations and relevant international organizations to fulfill their responsibilities, by taking effective measures to speed up the process of decolonization 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 UN Charter.

Further in this regard, it is incumbent upon the Administering Powers to abide by their obligations under the charter of the United Nations to promote the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the people of Non-Self-Governing Territories. We continue to lay 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. 

 

Mr. Chairman,

The natural resources in the Non-Self-Governing Territories are heritage of the peoples of those territories.  In this context, we are concerned about any activities by administering powers aimed at exploitation of the natural resources. In this regard, we remind the administering powers of their responsibilities under the Charter to protect the human and natural resources of Non-Self-Governing Territories against any possible abuse. They should also make all necessary measures in order to avoid any economic activity or military operations that may adversely affect the environment, health and economic development of the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territories. Any activity that may damage the economic, environmental and cultural properties of the people of non-self-governing territories should be avoided. Furthermore, the Administering Powers should pay full compensation for any economic, social and cultural consequences of their occupation.

 

Mr. Chairman,

As an important tool in decolonization process, visiting missions by the Special Committee (C-24) to the Non-Self-Governing Territories can enhance the capacity of the United Nations to assist the peoples under colonialism to achieve the objectives set forth in the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples. These missions provide an effective means of assessing the situation in those Territories and of ascertaining the wishes and aspirations of the peoples thereof regarding their future status.Therefore, we call upon the administering Powers to fully cooperate with the C-24 including by facilitating visiting missions of the C-24 to the Territories under their administration.

 

Iran also Stresses the importance of the timely transmission to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the administering Powers, of adequate information about the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the territories under their administration, in accordance with Article 73 e of the UN Charter.

 

Mr. Chairman,

In conclusion, I reiterate the commitment of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the work of the C-24. My country will continue to play its role in completing the mandate given to it as a member of the C-24, and spares no effort in helping the United Nations to successfully put an end to colonialism.

Thank you


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