Thursday, May 19, 2005

Bossano attends Decolonisation Seminar

As advanced by the Chronicle yesterday, Leader of the Opposition Joe Bossano is participating in the UN Regional Seminar on Decolonisation that takes place in the Caribbean island of St Vincent.

Mr Bossano has been invited by the Chairman of the Special Committee (UN Special Committee of 24 on Deconolization (C24)), Ambassador Julian Hunte, (St. Lucia) who will preside over the seminar, a GSLP/Liberal spokesman said yesterday. A GSLP statement said:

“The Seminar is conducted within the framework of the Second International Decade for the eradication of colonialism, and is being held this year in Canouan Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, from the 17th to the 19th of May.

Representatives of administering powers, non self-governing territories, governments, inter-governmental organisations and non-government organisations, as well as experts, have been invited to participate in the Seminar.

Representatives of the territories will inform the seminar of the situation in individual territories.

Among the issues to be discussed are the strategies for the successful completion of the Second International Decade, including a mid-term assessment of the level of implementation of the plan of action for the decade and priority action that should be taken by the concerned parties to speed up the implementation of the decolonisation mandate.

The contributions of the participants will serve as a basis for the conclusions and the recommendations of the seminar which will be studied by the Special Committee of 24 at its forthcoming session with a view to submitting proposals to the General Assembly concerning the fulfilment of the objectives of the Second International Decade for the eradication of Colonialism.

The Leader of the Opposition has previously participated in seminars held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba. During his absence Dr. Joseph Garcia will be acting Leader of the Opposition.”

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