Friday, March 31, 2006 - A special United Nations mission led by
Ambassador Julian R. Hunte of Saint Lucia, Chairman of the Special Committee on
Decolonization, will be visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands from 2 to 7
April. The objective of the mission is to gather information on the situation
in the Turks and Caicos Islands first-hand and to assess the type of assistance
the United Nations system could provide in the self-determination process of the
Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Turks and Caicos Islands is a Non-Self-Governing Territory under the
administration of the United Kingdom. As administering Power, the United
Kingdom is in charge of the Turks and Caicos Islandís foreign affairs and, as
such, has approved the invitation extended to the Special Committee by the
Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In addition to the Ambassador of Saint Lucia, the delegation of the Special
Committee includes the representatives of Fiji and Tunisia accompanied by a
representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), an expert and
a senior political affairs officer of the Department of Political Affairs.
The Special Committee delegation will meet with representatives of the Turks and
Caicos Islands Government, political parties, administering Power and the public
at large. The Special Committee will inform the people of the Turks and Caicos
Islands of the process of decolonization under the United Nations Charter and
the mandate of the Special Committee. The delegation will participate in
interactive meetings organized by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and
will answer questions from the public.