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TOP PUERTO RICO OFFICIAL TELLS U.N. PANEL UPCOMING PLEBISCITE EXERCISES ISLAND'S RIGHTS OF SELF-DETERMINATION TO DECIDE POLITICAL STATUS

 UNITED NATIONS, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Declaring that the people of Puerto Rico have spoken to end the ambiguity of their island's political status, Puerto Rico's Secretary of State today told a special United Nations group that the processes of decolonization and self- determination are firmly underway in Puerto Rico. As proof, Baltasar Corrada del Rio pointed to an upcoming November plebiscite that he said will end more than 500 years of colonialism in Puerto Rico and determine the future political status of the island. Puerto Rico currently is a territory of the United States.
 In testimony before the U.N.'s Special Committee of 24, Corrada del Rio noted that the November 1992 election of Governor Pedro J. Rossello has ushered in a new era of commitment to political self-determination in Puerto Rico.
 The campaign platform on which the governor and his New Progressive Party ran for election vowed to resolve the issue of the island's political status. Rossello promised a plebiscite that would allow the island's citizens to support one of three possible political status options for Puerto Rico: statehood, independence or continuation of the current commonwealth status. Rossello won the governorship by the largest margin of victory in 20 years and the New Progressive Party achieved two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Puerto Rican legislature.
 In accordance with that mandate, the new administration submitted a plebiscite bill to the legislature on May 20. Subsequently, five days of public hearings were held to solicit popular input and modifications were made to the bill. It was signed into law by the governor on July 4. The plebiscite will be held Nov. 14.
 The secretary predicted that Puerto Rican voters would support the statehood option in November. "Statehood, or the process of full integration into the United States, is a form of decolonization that allows the people of Puerto Rico to acquire complete liberty and sovereignty," he remarked. The secretary further observed that under the island's current commonwealth status, the people of Puerto Rico were unable to achieve the full measure of liberty and dignity accorded other American citizens on the U.S. mainland.
 Corrada del Rio praised the United Nations group, whose full title is the Special Committee on the Situation with Regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, for its continuing interest in Puerto Rico's political status. He cautioned, however, that it would be inappropriate at this time for the United Nations or any other outside entity to intervene in a process of self-determination that was already in motion.
 Corrada del Rio did suggest that the U.N. continue to give attention to political developments on the island and continue "to observe the manner in which the U.S. Congress responds to the demands of the people of Puerto Rico in the Nov. 14 plebiscite and to the implementation of the majority expression...(and) until the decision of the people of Puerto Rico culminates in our island's decolonization."
 Prior to his testimony, Corrada del Rio met privately with Renagi Lohia, the ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the U.N. and the chairman of the Special Committee of 24. They discussed the current political status of Puerto Rico and the secretary briefed Lohia on the upcoming plebiscite. Corrada del Rio also voiced the belief of the Rossello administration that statehood will prevail in November and that the U.S. Congress will respond positively to that development.
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 /CONTACT: Lina Younes of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, 202-778-0731; or Dan Wilhelm or Bill Colon of Fleishman Hillard, Inc., 212-265-9150/


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