The latest from the United Nations today.
Puerto Rico’s current commonwealth status is “the root cause of the economic and social problems that impair quality of life on the island,” said Puerto Rico pro-statehood leader Pedro Pierluisi to members of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, arguing that Puerto Ricans have expressed a preference for statehood over its current commonwealth status.
“We categorically reject the backwards view, embraced by certain political leaders in Puerto Rico, that the status debate is somehow a distraction from efforts to address these challenges,” said Pierluisi, who is also Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner.
Puerto Rico’s statehood and pro-commonwealth leaders are currently entangled in a bitter debate over a recent two-question non-binding plebiscite vote held last November 6. Fifty-four percent of islanders said they were not content with the current commonwealth status in the plebiscite’s first question. But while 800,000 out of about 1.3 million voters supported statehood in the second question, about half a million…
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