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Please find herewith some key quotes from my report submitted to the UN General Assembly in New York.

If relevant, you can always cite my report in your contributions. My report can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/XUJJPB

Kind regards,

Alfred

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Quotes from my report

“In its essence, the right of self-determination means that individuals and peoples should be in control of their destinies and should be able to live out their identities, whether within the boundaries of existing States or through independence.”

“There are multiple ways of looking at self-determination. One understanding of the right focuses on the legitimacy of choice, so that every people may choose the form of government that it deems appropriate to its culture and traditions. Another perspective focuses on the right of two or more peoples to unify into one single State.”

“There is consensus among States, judges of international tribunals and professors of international law that self-determination is not only a principle but also a right that has achieved the status of jus cogens.”

“Although territorial integrity is a reasonable principle of international stability, it is not an immutable norm of international relations and must be balanced against other principles, including human rights and self-determination, which are also conditions for international stability.”

“Self-determination is now recognized as a principle of legitimacy underlying modern international law.”

“A violation of the right of self-determination gives rise to a legitimate human rights claim by individuals and groups and triggers State responsibility to make reparation.”

“Self-determination is an expression of the individual and collective right to democracy.”

“The unification of States is a sovereign act and an expression of self- determination.”

“Decolonization was not only just and consistent with the Charter; it was necessary to end violence.”

“Neither the right of self-determination nor the principle of territorial integrity is absolute.”

“States have the sacred duty to ensure peace, while individuals and peoples have the right to peace.”

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