Published on Monday, 23 October 2006 02:00
The SDGG has written to both the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition requesting that in the method of carrying out a referendum on the new constitution Gibraltar follow the example of the most recent UN-supervised referendum on Self-Determination. This was in Tokelau in February this year, when it was agreed that there had to be a two-thirds majority in favour of the constitutional proposal for its implementation.
The Self-Determination Group will campaign for a NO vote at the forthcoming referendum because it feels that an affirmative vote will be interpreted internationally as a public acceptance of the colonial status, reinforcing Spain's sovereignty claim.
This request to our elected representatives to accept the two thirds majority proviso will challenge their stated positions that our referendum will be an act of self-determination.
If they really believe this they should have no hesitation whatsoever in adopting the same criteria as the latest genuine Act of Self-Determination.