Caribbean Business reports that the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization is considering the situation of Puerto Rico once again at its annual meeting. The committee is meeting today to consider the case of Puerto Rico in particular.
Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela have proposed a resolution demanding that “any initiative to solve Puerto Rico’s political status should originate with the Puerto Rican people.”
The United Nations has called on the United States repeatedly to expedite resolution of the status of Puerto Rico, currently a territory of the United States. Puerto Ricans will vote on the matter in November, 2012, and President Obama has announced his intention to take action if there is a “clear result” from that vote.
Previous plebiscites have not returned a clear result, and Puerto Rico’s status has not been changed by those votes.
For more information on this issue,
- Watch the telecast of last year’s discussion.
- Read the UN’s page on decolonization.
- Read the UN’s most recent press release on the subject.