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The Popular Front for the Independence of the Canaries, FREPIC-AWAÑAK, gives brotherly greetings to the attendants and delegates of the different peoples invited to the Conference of Organisations of Indigenous Peoples and thanks for the opportunity offered to denounce the persistance in our times of economic exploitation, social and cultural uprooting and colonial domination that Spain exerts on the Canarian People. With regard to this unjust situation, in opposition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which eludes the legal-political mechanisms for the establishment of a sovereign state, we DECLARE:
We, the Canarians, are a people of Insular Africa, of which the descendants of the Canarian natives are ethnically Amazigh (Berber).
·Any people conquered by the force of weapons has a right to free Self-determination.
·The National Rights of the Canaries are not prescribed in time.
·Africa will not be absolutely free of colonial presence, and more specifically, the regional integrity of the magreb area will be unfeasible, as long as the African nature of the Canarian Archipelago is handled with doubts and contradictions.
·Canaries is a colonised African nation, subjugated economically and military by Spain, and the only way to real emancipation is decolonisation and independence.
Never have we understood that the matter of decolonisation is finished. Thus, the States, Organisations and Peoples of Africa must naturally be the way, since they are concerned with the disappearence of the colonial residuals, such as in the case of the Canary Islands and the Moroccan territories of Ceuta and Melilla, the Chafarinas Islands and Peñôn de Vélez, kept by Spain in the north of the continent. That is why they support the resolutions that the different institutions have adopted, particularly those related to:
1. The demand of the Republic of Ukrania in 1960 at the UNO to carry out the decolonisation of the Canary Islands.
2. Article 1 of the Constituent Act of the OAU which states that " ... The Organisation will include the African States, Madagascar and all the islands adjacent to the continent." This clearly supports the African nature of the Archipelago.
3. The report made by the Extraordinary Conference of Afro-Asian Writers in 1966: "We ask all Afro-Asian States to support the right and the movement for the independence of the Canarian Archipelago to end Spanish colonialism in their land and to denounce openly all the manouevres of Spanish colonialism in Africa."
4. The contents of Resolution 1514 of the UNO.
5. Articles 5 and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
6. The resolution of the Liberation Committee of the OAU in July 1968 stating: "The Canary isiands are an integral part of Africa, not of Spain. Therefore, we must make clear that the Canary Islands have a right to Self-determination and Independence as any other territory submitted to colonial domination."
7. The Declaration of the United Nations on decolonization on 13th October 1970, and the opening of proceedings on decolonisation by the Group of Twenty-four in the same year.
8. The inclusion in the Plan, which developed Resolutions 43/44 of the United Nations on 22nd November 1988, in which the period 1900 to 2000 is declared the International Decade for the Erradication of Colonialism.
The Popular Front for the Independence of Canaries, FREPIC-AWAÑAK, as the greatest independentist organisation committed to the political fight, has set itself up as representative of the African anticolonialists of the Canarian people, bearing in mind the preceeding report, and taking as a basis the following:
The special situation of the Canary Islands facing the anachronic colonial presence of Spain and the confrontation of its interests in every field with those of the Canaries, particularly, and with the Magreb, in general. The serious danger for Africa of the use of the Archipelago as an offensive decisive element of the Spanish geostrategy on the area and the risk of the militarization process that the Canarians suffer, forced to participate in Spanish foreign policies but deprived of its own institutional capability to be heard in the international lawcourts. The decisive importance on any political decision of the life conditions resulting from the immigration pressure by Spaniards and other Europeans disrupting and uprooting the native society, and the hegemonic process of foreign interests imposed by Spain which hinders our own socio-economic development. And, bearing in mind our own commitment with the African continent, shaped in the resolutions of the First National Congress of the FREPIC-AWAÑAK, framed in the overall fight of Africa against colonialism and any other means of injustice and exploitation, demanding as well, necessary international cooperation for our fight, we
-That the attending representatives urge their governments to propose that the OAU restate the request for the decolonisation of the Canary Islands during the next summit of the Regional African Agency to demand the African Group in the United Nations to include Canaries within the nations to be determined, dealt by the group of Twenty-Four;
-That the governments assume the defence of the cause of the independence of the Canary Islands in every international instance and provide with and promote the moving of the representatives of FREPIC-AWAÑAK to every African capital, or any solidarity country and international institutions;
-That the political parties and social organisations assume the just defence of the Canarian Nation, demanding a Referendum of Self-determination; and we ask for solidarity with our cause of the different Peoples in this Conference.
Geneva, July 1998National Committee of the FREPIC-AWANAK Tomàs Quintana Political Secretary