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Decolonization Committee evaluates María de Lourdes Santiago’s proposal

By on November 10, 2016

PIP Sen. María de Lourdes Santiago urged C-24 to consider Puerto Rico's territorial status, urging dialogue with the U.S. (Supplied)

PIP Sen. María de Lourdes Santiago urged C-24 to consider Puerto Rico’s territorial status, urging dialogue with the U.S. (Supplied)

SAN JUAN — The president of the United Nations’ Special Committee on Decolonization (C-24), Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramírez, announced an ad hoc work team regarding Puerto Rico’s territorial status.

C-24 adopted a proposal presented by Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) Vice President and former gubernatorial candidate Sen. María de Lourdes Santiago, in which she requested Ramírez to encourage dialogue between the United States and advocates of Puerto Rico’s right to independence.

The ambassador designated Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Indonesia, San Vincent and Tanzania to the ad hoc group over Puerto Rico. The work team must recommend the C-24 president a course of action toward implementing the committee’s decision regarding Puerto Rico, “and to prepare concrete proposals for the President to carry out a good effort,” reads the letter.

Santiago expressed “great satisfaction” with the initiative, and assured she would keep in contact with the group members until their work is completed.

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