The 2017 UN Special Committee on Decolonization, Caribbean Regional Seminar, was declared a complete success by its Chair and Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the UN, His Excellency, Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño.  

This was disclosed in a statement read by Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the UN, Mr. Douglas Arcia Vivas, on behalf of Ambassador Ramírez Carreño.  Ambassador Carreño left the Seminar to attend to an urgent matter in New York.

“I had to be absent in some of the meetings of the Seminar because I had to return to the UN headquarters in New York to confront a very regrettable attempt by some countries to interfere in the internal affairs of my country, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and to use the organs of the UN for their interventionist agenda.  I am very pleased to inform you that this immoral initiative was a total failure in that Venezuela and all countries that respect international law claim victory, because true multilateralism was followed and this demonstrates once again that no country is entitled to use multilateral spaces to forcibly address the bilateral differences that [they might] have with another country.  This is a lesson that [must] always be taken into account.”

Ambassador Ramírez Carreño expressed deepest gratitude from the UN Assembly body to the Government and People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) “for welcoming us with extraordinary and warm hospitality, for hosting the Caribbean Region Seminar 2017 and for the support provided in the organization of this event”.
His Excellency stated that the hosting of this important meeting “represents without any doubt an expression of the unwavering commitment of SVG with a just cause of decolonization as it has ever been since this country joined the special committee”.  

Prime Minister Gonsalves also received commendation from the UN Special Committee on Decolonization Chair, “I should also like to express my most heartfelt respect and admiration to the Hon. Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, a friend of Venezuela.  Please rest assured that the everlasting relations between SVG and my country will grow strong in the fulfillment of common objectives of peace, solidarity, cooperation fight against imperialism, colonialism, and the development of progress of our peoples.”

The UN Special Committee on Decolonization Chair expressed appreciation to all the delegates of the Caribbean Regional Seminar for their hard work which led to the successful completion of their meeting.  “The Caribbean Regional Seminar we closed today was a complete success fulfilling its main goals of promoting productive and dynamic debates about the prospects for the future of decolonization in the Non-Self-Governing Territories along with the question of Puerto Rico”.
Ambassador Ramírez Carreño referred to all participants, of whom he said, became one administering power to constructively exchange points of views about the political developments in the Territories, “as well as the economic, social and cultural situations and challenges they face in the process of decolonization”.  

The Chair added that the outcomes from this 2017 UN Special Committee on Decolonization will influence “the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.  … As a consequence, we developed creative and concrete proposals to improve the work of the Special Committee in the framework of the third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism to comply with our mandate of implementing the declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples.  For that, we thank everyone”.

His Excellency, Ambassador Rafael Darío Ramírez Carreño’s speech was delivered at a cocktail hosted by the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. The Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves and his wife, Mrs. Eloise Gonsalves.  It was held on the evening of Thursday, May 18th, 2017, at his official residence in Old Montrose.  
The theme for the 2017 UN Special Committee on Decolonization was, “Implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism: The future for decolonization in the Non-Self-Governing Territories: What are the prospects?”  




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