The General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday (21 October) passed a resolution strongly condemning France for remaining in the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte.
The General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday (21 October) passed a resolution strongly condemning France for remaining in the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. Mayotte is part of the Comoros Islands which declared independence from France in July last year. France retained control of Mayotte on the basis of a referendum showing the people wanted to retain links with France. The other islands overwhelmingly supported independence. The France Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Jacques Lecompt, explained his country's position regarding the resolution.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Lecompt told the General Assembly that the proposed resolution was unacceptable. The French delegation would vote against it. The delegation could only regret the incomprehension of the resolution's text compared with the reality that existed. Mr. Lecompte said the violation of the territorial integrity of the Comoros or the attempt to break the Republic's unity, could not be reasonably talked about when the only thing France had done was to abide by the free will of the people. Mr. Lecompte also said France had no territorial ambition and no egotistical interests to protect in Mayotte.
The main points of the resolution said the General Assembly should strongly condemn France's presence on Mayotte which constituted a violation of the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the Comoros. It called on France to immediately withdraw from Mayotte. The President of the Assembly, Mr. Amerasinghe announced the results of the vote.