The US has just handed Puerto Rico the perfect opportunity…to appear before the United Nations, and demand its complete independence.
It is a gift from Pres. Obama, whether he intended it or not. And there is no way that Obama – or the US government – can argue against it.
THE 1953 “COMMONWEALTH”
In 1953, the US declared that Puerto Rico had achieved “self-determination” and “political sovereignty” through their new Commonwealth relationship with the US.
The United Nations then removed Puerto Rico from the list of countries that were overdue for de-colonization.
In both cases the Obama administration argued, and the US Supreme Court agreed, that Puerto Rico is a territorial possession of the US: with no legislative, judicial or political sovereignty whatsoever.
In the same week that Sanchez Valle was decided, the US Congress passed the PROMESA bill to impose a Financial Control Board over Puerto Rico, and manage its entire economy.
U.N. RESOLUTION 1514 (XV)
Thus in 2016, all three branches of the US federal government declared that Puerto Rico is a property of the US…a colony.
Given this open declaration from the entire US government, the next governor of Puerto Rico can appear before the UN and invoke Resolution 1514 (XV), which stipulates the right to self-determination of every nation, and the right to reject a colonial relationship.
CHAPTER XI, ARTICLE 73 (B)
In addition, under Chapter XI, Article 73 (b) of the United Nations charter, the US is obligated to the following with respect to Puerto Rico:
Article 73 (b) “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.”
A GIFT ON A SILVER PLATTER
The Sanchez Valle and Franklin Trust cases, and the PROMESA bill, are thus a great diplomatic gift.
If used forcefully before the UN, they provide independence on a silver platter.
The US federal government – all three branches of it – has itself declared to the entire world, that Puerto Rico is not a sovereign entity…but a territorial possession.
The elected representatives of Puerto Rico can now appear before the UN, and demand to be de-colonized.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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