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Rosselló to Ask for Puerto Rico’s Decolonization at UN

By on June 19, 2016

SAN JUAN – The president of the New Progressive Party (NPP), Ricardo Rosselló, will return Monday to the United Nations to deliver his message in favor of decolonization.

“Following the results of the 2012 plebiscite, this forum acquires more relevance due to Puerto Ricans’ interest in solving the colonial problem. It is now even more important because the Supreme Court of the United States confirmed the commonwealth has no sovereignty, which has been a deception, as we have been saying,” the party president said Sunday.

In 2013, Rosselló testified before the UN, after delivering to the entity in November 2012 the results of the referendum in which the statehood option won a majority of votes.

NPP president and gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló

NPP president and gubernatorial candidate Ricardo Rosselló

The NPP is expected to introduce legislation Monday for a plebiscite to be held in November.

“It is clear [Popular Democratic Party (PDP) president] David Bernier fears the status issue, he hasn’t been able to cope with the search for a definition for his party and intends to prolong the matter. The PDP president remains silent regarding our challenge to hold a plebiscite in November, thinking the status isn’t an issue, and status is an issue,” gubernatorial candidate Rosselló said.

He added that “because the problem was not addressed, we face a scenario of a potential imposition of a federal control board, as was approved by the federal House of Representatives. Our current offer stands, we’ll see if the president of the PDP joins the votes of the members of his delegation to ours and a statehood versus independence plebiscite is carried out now.”

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