Chargé d’Affaires at Permanent Mission to UN Gives Iraq’s statement Before Special Committee on Decolonization

The Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, held its third meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, to review and assess the political and economic situation in the seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories.

The Charge d’Affairs of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations in New York, Dr. Abbas Kadhom Obaid, gave Iraq’s speech at the session, in which he indicated that the Declaration on Granting Independence to Colonial Peoples and Countries, No. 1514 of 1960, has become the basic foundation upon which peoples can gain independence and acquire full sovereignty over their territories and natural resources, as it is an integral part of their human dignity.

Dr. Obaid praised the committee’s decisions aimed at re sending special visiting missions to collect information directly regarding the situation in those regions, and the necessity of focusing on the situation of political, economic, social and environmental development, and preserving the civilizational and cultural heritage of these regions.

Additionally, the Chargé d’Affaires stated the intention of the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to develop a plan to provide free scholarships to students from non-self-governing territories, who wishes to complete undergraduate and graduate studies in Iraqi universities within the “Study in Iraq” program.

stressing Iraq’s firm and principled stance towards the Palestinian issue, and supporting what the Palestinian people decide, granting their legitimate, full and inalienable rights, establishing its independent state with Al Quds as its capital, in conformity with the relevant United Nations resolutions, ending the occupation, and granting the State of Palestine full membership in the United Nations without restrictions or a condition.