Question of United States Virgin Islands.

  • Author: UN General Assembly (35th sess. : 1980-1981)
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  • Date:
    11 November 1980

35. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE FOURTH COMMITTEE
24. Question of the United States Virgin Islands

The General Assembly, Having considered the question of the United States Virgin Islands, Having examined the relevant chapters of the report of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples,[1] Recalling its resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960, containing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and all other resolutions and decisions of the United Nations relating to the United States Virgin Islands, Noting the active co-operation given by the administering Power, both through its participation in the work of the Special Committee and through its willingness to receive visiting missions to small Territories under its administration, Having heard the statement of the administering Power,[2]

1. Approves the chapter of the report of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples relating to the United States Virgin Islands;[3]

2. Reaffirms the inalienable right of the people of the United States Virgin Islands to self-determination and independence in accordance with the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples;

3. Reaffirms its conviction that questions of territorial size, geographical location, size of population and limited resources should in no way delay the implementation of the Declaration with regard to the Territory;

4. Requests the Government of the United States of America, as the administering Power, to continue to take all necessary measures, in consultation with the freely elected authorities and representatives of the people of the United States Virgin Islands, to enable the people of the Territory to exercise fully their right to self-determination and independence in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and the Declaration;

5. Notes the recent political and constitutional developments in the Territory, in particular the approval on 31 July 1980 by the Fourth Constitutional Convention of the United States Virgin Islands of a draft constitution for the Territory;

6. Requests the administering Power to take such measures as would ensure preservation of the identity and cultural heritage of the people of the United States Virgin Islands;

7. Urges the administering Power, in consultation with the freely elected authorities and representatives of the people of the United States Virgin Islands, to safeguard the inalienable right of the people of the Territory to the enjoyment of their natural resources by taking effective measures which guarantee the right of the people to own and dispose of those natural resources and to establish and maintain control of their future development and, in this connexion, notes the decision of the administering Power concerning the transfer to the Government of the United States Virgin Islands of all mineral rights in submerged lands off the territorial coastline;

8. Reaffirms the responsibility of the administering Power for the economic and social development of the Territory and, in this respect, calls upon it to work out concrete programmes of assistance and economic development;

9. Requests the administering Power to continue to enlist the assistance of the specialized agencies and other organizations of the United Nations system in the development and strengthening of the economy of the United States Virgin Islands;

10. Requests the Special Committee to continue the examination of this question at its next session, including the possible dispatch of a further visiting mission to the United States Virgin Islands at an appropriate time and in consultation with the administering Power, and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its thirty-sixth session.

57th plenary meeting
11 November 1980


[1] Ibid., chaps. III, IV and XXIII. [2] Ibid., Thirty-fifth Session, Fourth Committee, 13th meeting, paras. 57-63. [3] Ibid., Thirty-fifth Session, Supplement No. 23 (A/35/Rev. 1), chap. XXIII.
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