PITCAIRN URGED TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI May 30) - An American academic
says Pitcairn Islanders should consider approaching the United Nations and make
a unilateral declaration of independence.

Herbert Ford of the Pitcairn Islands Study Center in California
said the proportionately heavy police presence on the island as part of the
three year investigation of alleged sex crimes amounts to martial law being
imposed.

He said as well the legal system has been compromised and the
most logical way to correct it may be to declare independence.

"The United Nations, under its committee of 24, looked very
closely at the 16 remaining colonized territories in the world, one of which is
Pitcairn Island, and encourages each of them to seek independence in one of
three categories, none of which is a complete standing alone, but has various
levels of help from other people to achieve that independence and I see no
reason why Pitcairn should not screw up its courage and go about that right
away," Ford said

Pitcairn reportedly has a current population of 44 residents.

June 2, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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