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and against Malta's membership of the European Union

 

WE SWEAR TO FREE MALTA FROM THE SLAVERY, COLONIALISM AND DICTATORIAL ILLEGAL EUROPEAN UNION RULE

 

We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.

Thomas Jefferson

 

Solemn Declaration

 

Solemn Declaration by the Campaign for National Independence CNI

 

On the eve of the twent-fifth anniversary of Malta’s acquisition of full Freedom on March 31, 1979, and one month before the annexation of Malta by the European Union on May 1, 2004, We, the Campaign for National Independence (CNI) in the Republic of Malta, make this solemn and formal Declaration to our fellow citizens of Malta and Gozo, and to the peoples of the United Nations Organization and of all countries everywhere.

 

The Republic of Malta’s formal annexation by the European Union on May 1, 2004, entails the loss of our people’s Freedom, Independence, Sovereignty and Neutrality, and lacks the proper, valid, popular democratic consent.

 

Malta shall be free again. Whatever the costs, whatsoever the sacrifices, We, the Campaign for National Independence, pledge ourselves to spare no efforts to regain full Freedom for our homeland.

 

Let these facts be known to all.

 

a) The European Union’s annexation of the Republic of Malta formally takes place on May 1 2004 in virtue of the European Union – Malta Accession Treaty signed in Athens on April 16, 2003.

 

b) The Republic of Malta, comprising only of land in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea and with a population of only 400,000, professing in the very first Article of its Constitution to be a neutral state actively pursuing peace, security and social progress among all nations by adhering to a policy of non-alignment and refusing to participate in any military alliance, is subjected by the European Union Accession Treaty, 2003, to follow all the policies, laws, directives and decisions emanating from the European Union Institutions and to adhere to all the Treaties entered into by the European Union, thereby forfeiting our freedom, independence, sovereignty and neutral status.

 

c) In the Referendum on Malta’s membership of the European Union held on March 8, 2003, more than 53% of the eligible voters did not vote in favour of membership.

 

d) In the said referendum, persons who were not legally entitled to vote in accordance with Malta’s electoral laws, were allowed to vote.

 

e) The Maltese people’s consent to the European Union’s membership is vitiated and not validly procured, and the people of Malta have the right to claim not to be bound by the Malta – European Union Accession Treaty of 2003.

 

It is a basic principle of law that when one’s consent is obtained by treachery, lies, false promises amounting to fraud, moral violence and threats, one’s consent is vitiated and one has the right to claim not to be bound by the given consent.

 

We hold and maintain in the strongest terms that the Maltese people’s consent to the European Union membership given in the Referendum of March 8, 2003, and at the General Elections held on April 12, 2003, was vitiated because it was obtained by treachery, lies, false promises amounting to fraud, moral violence and threats, emanating both internally and externally.

 

f) The extremely negative effects of Malta’s European Union membership were hidden from the Maltese voters by a thick smokescreen of massive propaganda and lack of objective information.

 

g) Inuendos were frequently made that Malta would be boycotted and isolated politically and economically and would face disaster and the proverbial darkness and gnashing of teeth if Malta were not to join the European Union.

 

h) The European Union Commissioner for Enlargement even threatened that the European Union would see that the Opposition Party would lose the Referendum and the subsequent General Election.

 

i) The European Union itself took an inordinately active part in the European Union membership campaign, with massive funding and with innumerable Union personalities, including the President of the European Commmission, the President of the European Parliament, and a number of European Commissioners visiting Malta and cajoling the people to vote for European Union membership.

 

j) The European Union Delegation in Malta took the unprecedented step of actively participating in the Referendum campaign by mailing to every household in Malta and Gozo propaganda literature in favour of European Union membership.

 

k) There was massive illegal foreign interference during the Referendum and General Election’s campaigns in flagrant breach of the Foreign Interference Act (Chapter 300 of the Laws of Malta), with a number of Heads of foreign States and Governments and Ministers paying visits to Malta and making public statements to influence the people in favour of membership of the European Union.

 

l) Huge amounts of public funds by local standards were shamelessly allocated to the pro EU membership campaign and inadequate amounts were provided to the contra membership side.

 

m) Notwithstanding the statutory provisions enjoining balance of opposite viewpoints on matters of public interest, the State radio and television allocated airtime and broadcasting facilities over a long time prior to the European Union Referendum, to the Government and pro membership side by far in excess to what was allocated to the opposition and contra membership side.

 

n) The Maltese people in general were deprived of knowledge of the contents of the Accession Treaty both prior to the referendum and the subsequent General Election. The Treaty was not published in the Maltese language either by the Government of Malta or the European Union. An English version of the EU Accession Treaty was only published by Poland on the Internet a short time prior to the Referendum in Malta on March 8, 2003. All those who were not connected to the Internet or who are not conversant with the English language were unable to have access to the Accession Treaty. The considerable length of the text of the Treaty and the short time it was available on the Internet prior to the Referendum date, made it humanly impracticable for those who are conversant with the English language and were connected to the Internet, to go through and evaluate the implications of the Treaty.

 

o) The consent of the Maltese people to the Accession Treaty was not only vitiated, but it was also not procured by proper, valid, democratic, popular means.

 

p) In view of the lack of valid consent of the Maltese people, We hold and shall continue to maintain with the strongest terms that the Government of the Republic of Malta’s mandate to sign the European Union Accession Treaty on April 16, 2003, was legally defective, and that consequently it should be held to be null and void.

 

q) Moreover we hold and shall continue to maintain in the strongest of terms that the Malta - EU Accession Treaty is in breach of entrenched provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malta and consequently its ratification by the Maltese Parliament on July 14, 2003, should be held to be legally unconstitutional and null and void.

 

Furthermore, let these facts be known to all.

 

i) The entrenched provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malta which declare that Malta refuses to participate in any military alliance and that no facilities in Malta will be allowed to be used in such manner or extent as will amount to the presence in Malta of a concentration of foreign forces, and that no foreign military personnel, other than those engaged in civil activities, will be allowed on Maltese territory, and that the shipyards in Malta will be denied to the military vessels of the two superpowers, have been violated.

 

ii) The armed forces of Malta have been committed to participate both in the Partnership for Peace and in the European Union Rapid Reaction Force as part of the Italian military contingent, in breach of the Constitutional impediment referred to above.

 

iii) Innumerable times, also in time of war, warships of the European Union Member States as well as of the United States of America have been allowed in the ports of Malta at the same time or at different times, in flagrant violation of the Constitutional status of neutrality of Malta.

 

Warships of the United States of America have undergone repair works at Maltese dockyards, notwithstanding the express Constitutional prohibition, and dockyard workers were threatened with loss of employment if they refused to carry out the repair work.

 

iv) A further major violation of entrenched Constitutional provisions is being committed by the Malta – European Union Accession Treaty according to which all European Union Laws, Regulations, Directives and Decisions, as well as the Constitution which is being drafted, override the Constitution and the Laws of Malta in flagrant breach of the entrenched Constitutional provisions which establish the Constitution of Malta as the Supreme Law and the Maltese Parliament as the Supreme Legislative Organ for Malta.

 

v) The ratification of the Malta – European Union Accession Treaty which was effected by a simple majority of the Members of the Parliament of Malta, cannot prevail over the Constitutional requirement of a concurrent positive vote of two-thirds of the Members of the Parliament of Malta in order to amend the entrenched provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malta, and voting at General Elections or Referendums does not sanction amendments to the Constitution of Malta.

 

Let it be known to all that the provisions of the Malta – European Union Accession Treaty are in contravention of the following Declarations, Resolutions, Treaties, Agreements and Conventions of the United Nations Organization.

 

1. Malta’s membership of the European Union entails the loss of permanent sovereignty by the people of Malta over a considerable amount of the natural wealth and resources of Malta which according to the General Assembly Resolution of 14 December 1962 on Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources must be exercised in the interest of the national development  and of the well-being of the people of Malta.

 

2. The interference, coersion and threats by the European Union on the people of Malta to vote in favour of membership of the European Union constitutes a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

 

3. The constraints and restraints imposed on Malta by the European Union severely curtail Malta’s rights to regulate foreign activities within Malta’s jurisdiction and to choose freely the economic and social systems in conformity with national priorities, thereby violating the provisions of the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 12 December 1974.

 

4. Moreover, the membership Agreement negotiated by Malta with the European Union prejudice the security of the people of Malta by impairing the status of neutrality and damages the well-being of the people of Malta by depriving the Government of Malta of the means to protect and enhance employment in Malta.

 

In view of all the above-mentioned facts and reasons, We, the Campaign for National Independence CNI, solemnly declare:

 

That the people of Malta have the right to strive for the repudiation of the Malta – EU Accession Treaty; and

 

That the people of Malta have the right to regain full Freedom, Independence and National Sovereignty; and

 

That the people of Malta have the right to pursue again a policy of active neutrality and peaceful cooperation with all peoples who profess and put into practice the same aims; and

 

That we shall not flinch from struggling undeterred to urge the people of Malta and Gozo to achieve these sacred national goals.

 

As evidence of our strong resolve, We are submitting this Solemn Declaration to the United Nations Organization, and are respectfully requesting the Secretary General to archive it as well as to communicate it to all Member States.

 

We are also submitting this Solemn Declaration to all Member States of the European Union and all Members of the European Parliament in the hope that it will elicit from them a sense of remorse for the harm which the annexation of Malta by the European Union is inflicting on the people of Malta and Gozo.

 

 Free and neutral Malta shall overcome

 

Monday, 29 March, 2004.

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