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BVI premier addresses delegates at UN decolonisation meeting in the Caribbean

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BVI Premier Andrew A Fahie addresses the UN Caribbean regional seminar on decolonisation

ROAD TOWN, BVI – The premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Andrew A Fahie  attended the United Nations Caribbean regional seminar on decolonization in St George’s, Grenada from May 2-4, 2019.

Among other things, participants considered the political status and current conditions of the 17 Territories that remain on the United Nations’ list of non-independent countries, including the BVI.

In his address to the delegates of the regional seminar, Fahie said, “the relationship between the BVI and UK is not one that should be limited to engagement between the two sides. Our relationship requires the international accountability that is provided for by the UN decolonisation framework. This Caribbean regional seminar is an integral part of that process.”

The premier also expressed the BVI’s desire to deepen its relationship with the United Nations in support of the government’s national development objectives and efforts to meet the sustainable development goals by 2030.

He thanked the UN for the ongoing assistance to the BVI with recovery after Hurricanes Irma and Maria from agencies including UNDP, ECLAC, UNICEF and PAHO.

In the margins of the regional seminar, Fahie held a bilateral meeting with the chair of the Special Committee on Decolonisation ambassador Keisha McGuire, permanent representative of Grenada to the UN.

His attendance marked the first time a British Virgin Islands’ head of government participated in the Caribbean regional seminar organised by the UN Special Committee on Decolonisation that is examining issues of self-determination in the UN list of 17 non-independent countries in the remaining period of the UN Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2011-2020).

BVI participation in the Caribbean regional seminar advances the government’s policy of deepening and establishing relationships with international partners to strengthen the international relations of the Territory. print

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