- Posted April 26, 2013 by
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Bonaire's constitutional structure, the self-determination referendum and the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations.
Was it a mistake or one plays the stupid?
If “direct ties” with The Netherlands, as it is now, is freely determined by the people of Bonaire and want it to stay the way it is right now than it is a freely choice of the population. It can also be considered a way of implementing the right of self-determination. The same goes for claiming the right to freely make a choice by means of a self-determination referendum.
According to General Assembly resolution 1541 (XV) of 1961, there are three ways in which a Non-Self-Governing Territory can exercise self-determination and reach a full measure of self-government:
1. By free association with the administering Power or another independent State as a result of a free and voluntary choice by the people of the Territory expressed through an informed and democratic process;
2. By integrating with the administering Power or another independent State on the basis of complete equality between the peoples of the Non-Self-Governing Territory and those of the Independent State;
3. By becoming independent.
The intergration of Bonaire does not met these conditions. Despite that, Mr. Ramonsito Booi on completion of a mini round table conference in The Hague on 11 October 2006 signed a final agreement which states that the islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius will get a status as a public body of The Netherlands. This final agreement was thereafter supported by a large majority of the Second Chamber, the States of the Netherlands Antilles and the island councils of Bonaire, St Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius.
From that moment has one person made a decision knowing or without realizing that the people first had to be committed at that point. A few years later began the preparations to organize a self-determination. Unfortunately it has failed. Twice!
With 10-10-10 in sight, the Deputy of Political Relations, Mr. J.E. Abraham, on behalf of the island territory of Bonaire signed with The Netherlands an administrative agreement dated april 22, 2010 in which is written that the population of Bonaire has the right to self-determination and Bonaire agrees that the State of the Netherlands is recognized as the legal successor of the country Netherlands Antilles. With Bonaire will be consulted on future ownership.
Also in this document is no mention that the people first must be consulted by means of a referendum.
In either case, what Booi and Abraham have signed, is no mention that also is agreed that on the transition date 10-10-10 in addition to retaining the right to self-determination Bonaire also will be added on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations. How is this possible?
The Netherlands as a member of the United Nations should know the rules. Or one plays here the stupid?
Even if Booi and Abraham would forgot it, The Netherlands based on the general principle of good-neighbourliness had to draw the attention of these two gentlemen on these obligations or in another case they should reflect The Netherlands on its obligations.
Based on the resolutions of the United Nations nor the agreement of 11 October 2006 nor the other one of 22 April 2010 has a valid meaning that seriously indicates the content of the result of the referendum held in 2004 being "direct ties" with Netherlands.
At least if The Netherlands as a member of United Nations, has respect for the resolutions which have been ratified also by The Netherlands and has accepted as a sacred trust the obligation to promote to the utmost, within the system of international peace and security established by the present Charter, the well-being of the inhabitants of these territories, and, to this end:
to ensure, with due respect for the culture of the peoples concerned, their political, economic, social, and educational advancement, their just treatment, and their protection against abuses;
to develop self-government, to take due account of the political aspirations of the peoples, and to assist them in the progressive development of their free political institutions, according to the particular circumstances of each territory and its peoples and their varying stages of advancement;
to further international peace and security;
to promote constructive measures of development, to encourage research, and to co-operate with one another and, when and where appropriate, with specialized international bodies with a view to the practical achievement of the social, economic, and scientific purposes set forth in this Article; and
to transmit regularly to the Secretary-General for information purposes, subject to such limitation as security and constitutional considerations may require, statistical and other information of a technical nature relating to economic, social, and educational conditions in the territories for which they are respectively responsible other than those territories to which Chapters XII and XIII apply.
The Netherlands is illegally occupying these island in the Caribbean.
It is up to authorities on the island to get Bonaire on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations. It is the responsibility of the public representation on Bonaire and The Netherlands as the governing power to work closely together with the Committee of 24 of the United Nations on a solution.
By the way, even the chair is protesting on Bonaire.
I was born and bret on Bonaire but live for many years in The Netherlands. So I am nothing more than an observer.
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