Marino Busdachin of UNPO discusses the current predicament of defacto states and possible ways to move forward.
As recent events in the Caucasus rekindle old tensions - international debate turns to defacto states. Talk of the 'Cold War' brings to the fore the topic of 'Phantom States' and the politics of recognition. States such as Taiwan, Somaliland and Abkhazia, to mention but a few, function independently - possessing their own governments, anthems and sometimes currency. However, lack of international recognition can lead to instability and definite isolation.
In an interview with UNPO General Secetary Marino Busdachin, FLYP discusses the problems that these unrecognised states face and the need for an international framework of inclusion.
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent and democratic membership organisation. Its Members are indigenous peoples, minorities, unrecognised States and occupied territories that have joined together to defend their political, social and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to promote their right to self-determination.