Members of the Legislative Assembly Visit the Caribbean
Two members of the Falklands Islands Legislative Assembly, Hon. Sharon Halford and Hon. Roger Edwards, have visited Grenada in the Caribbean to discuss the Falkland Islands right to self-determination with government ministers and senior officials. This is a follow up to the visit of the Hon. Mike Summers and the Hon. Roger Edwards to Antigua, Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis late last year. They are sharing first-hand their experiences of life in the Falklands and internal governance of the Islands, but also the challenges they face in the United Nations for support for their right to self determination; the very principle enacted by the people of Grenada when choosing to become independent from the United Kingdom in 1974. Respect for this principle remains a cornerstone of the United Nations Charter.
The Falkland Islanders remain a small, distinct and resolute island people. Like many peoples around the world, many of the Islanders can trace their families back over several generations, having arrived from Europe through natural waves of ˜free choice™ migration in the mid-1800s. The people of the Falkland Islands descend from the first known people to have settled the Falkland Islands over generations, as it had no indigenous population.
Many advances have been made in the constitutional relationship between the Falklands and the UK. It is a relationship based on partnership, shared values and the right of the Falkland Islanders to determine whether they wish to retain their link with the UK. The Falkland Islands Constitution devolves responsibility for all issues, with the exception of defence and foreign affairs. The Falklands has developed its own full legislative and executive branches of government, with a dedicated civil service to implement Falklands™ government policy.
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Falkland Islands Government