Friday, 4th December 2015

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JMC in joint push to counter ‘hostile sovereignty claims'

by Cristina Cavilla

The UK and its Overseas Territories will work together to “counter hostile sovereignty claims” and defend the right to self-determination, the Joint Ministerial Council said in a communique yesterday.

The council, which brings together UK ministers and leaders of the Overseas Territories including Gibraltar, met at Lancaster House in London for discussions ranging from security and sovereignty to territorial waters, tax transparency, the environment and economic development.

 “We affirmed the importance of promoting the right of the peoples of the Territories to self-determination, a collective responsibility of all parts of the UK Government,” they said in the communique. 

“We committed to explore ways in which the Overseas Territories can maintain international support in countering hostile sovereignty claims.”

The UK and the Territories also committed themselves to ensuring the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the people of the Territories and their just treatment and protection from abuses. 

The communiqué reads: “The principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, as enshrined in the UN Charter, applies to the peoples of the Overseas Territories.”

The meeting was attended by a Gibraltar Government delegation led by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo. 



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