H. RES. 170
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 18, 2013
Mr. Diaz-Balart (for himself, Mr. Campbell, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Petri, Mr. Roskam, Mr. Holding, Mr. Hall, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Sensenbrenner, Mr. Faleomavaega, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Griffith of Virginia, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, and Mr. Poe of Texas) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Recognizing the Falkland Islands referendum in favor of retaining their status as a British Overseas Territory.
Whereas the Falkland Islands held a referendum on March 10, 2013, and March 11, 2013, to determine whether they wish to retain their status as a British Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom;
Whereas the Falkland Islands, supervised under an International Observer Mission, have voted 99.8 percent in favor of retaining their British Overseas Territory Status;
Whereas the Falkland Islands have the right, under the United Nations Charter and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to determine their own future; and
Whereas the United Kingdom is a loyal ally that has stood by the United States: Now, therefore, be it
That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—
the United States recognizes that the Falkland Islands referendum reflects the freely expressed and democratic views of the Falkland Islanders;
the Falkland Islands have expressed their desire to remain a self-governing British Overseas Territory; and
the views and rights of the Falkland Islanders should be taken into account in any discussion on the future of the Falkland Islands.