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SANTO DOMINGO COUNCIL - Working for a more secure and fairer world

26-27 November 2001


Original: Spanish

The Council of the Socialist International warmly welcomes the release from prison of Rubén Berríos Martínez, President of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, PIP, and Honorary President of the Socialist International, following the completion of his four-month sentence in Federal prison for acts of peaceful civil disobedience on the land occupied by the US Navy in Vieques.

The Council underlines the result of the referendum held on 29 July this year in Vieques and the demands already issued by the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico and the Socialist International.

The Council recalls its previous decisions in support of decolonisation and self-determination for Puerto Rico.