determination and independence on the basis of Resolution 1514 (XV) of December 1960 by the United Nations General Assembly, and also reaffirmed that the Puerto Rican people constitute a Latin American and Caribbean nation. The Movement took note of the resolution on Puerto Rico adopted by the Special Committee on Decolonisation by consensus in 2000, 2001 and 2002, 2003 and 2004, which, inter alia, urged the United States Government, in line with the need to guarantee the Puerto Rican people their legitimate right to self-determination and the protection of their human rights, to return the occupied land and installations on Vieques Island and at the Roosevelt Roads Naval Station to the people of Puerto Rico.
The Ministers reiterated their strong support for the Special Committee on Decolonisation, which is an important subsidiary body of the General Assembly and again called upon the Administering Powers to grant their full support to the activities of the Committee.
They reaffirmed the right of all people who were or are still subjected to colonial rule or occupation to receive fair compensation for the human and material losses they suffered as a result of colonial rule or occupation. They further reaffirmed the call made in the final documents of the XII and XIII Summits of the Non-Aligned Movement, that colonialist countries should shoulder their responsibility and pay full compensation for the economic, social and cultural consequences of the occupation of developing countries. They also expressed their concern at the loss, destruction, removal, theft, pillage, illicit movement or misappropriation of and any acts of vandalism or damage, directed against cultural property in areas or armed conflict and territories that are occupied.
The Ministers condemned the practice of recruiting, financing, training, transit, use or supporting of mercenaries as a violation to the principles of international law, such as those of sovereign equality, political independence, and territorial integrity of States and of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. They reiterated their belief that mercenarism, in all its forms and its motivation, constitutes an obstacle to peace and the exercise of sovereignty by Non-Aligned countries. This endangers the national security of States, especially small States, as well as the safety and stability of multi-ethnic States and impedes the exercise of the rights of peoples to self- determination. They welcomed the entry into force of the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries of 4 December 1989, and called on all States that have not yet done so to consider taking the necessary action to ratify the Convention or to become party to it and reaffirmed United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/57/196 of 18 December 2002 as well as Resolution 2004/5 of the 60th Session of the Commission on Human Rights.
Disarmament and International Security
The Ministers reaffirmed and reiterated the long-standing principled positions of the Movement on disarmament and international security, including the decisions taken at the XII Summit in Durban, the XIII Summit in Kuala Lumpur and the XIII Ministerial Conference in Cartagena.