UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States has abandoned negotiations on a voluntary pact to address migration because the global approach to the issue "is simply not compatible with the sovereignty of the United States," said the United States ambbadador to the United States. United Nations, Nikki Haley.
In a statement issued late on Saturday, the United States mission to the UN indicated that President Donald Trump made the decision.
"No country has done more than the United States, and our generosity will continue," said Haley, whose parents are immigrants from India. "But our decisions on immigration policies should always be made by Americans and Americans."
"We will decide how to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country," he said.
Trump campaigned last year on the promise to deport large numbers of immigrants and build a wall on the US-Mexico border to help fight illegal immigration and crime in the United States. Since he took office in January, he has also moved to ban the entry of the United States to people from certain Muslim countries.
With a record 21.3 million refugees worldwide, the 193-member UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration in September last year in which they also agreed to spend two years negotiating the pact on safe migration , ordered and regular.
The administration of former US President Barack Obama endorsed the resolution, known as the New York Declaration, which also asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Zeid Ra & # 39; ad al-Hussein, to propose a pact Global Refuge for adoption in 2018.
"The global approach to the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with the sovereignty of the United States," Haley said.
U.N. The secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, lamented the decision of the United States, his spokesman said Sunday, but expressed the hope that the United States will participate again in the talks.
"The positive history of migration is clear: it needs to be better told, and the challenges it poses must be addressed with more determination and greater international coordination," said US spokesman Farhan Haq.
Three days of preparatory talks begin in Mexico on Monday before the start of formal negotiations in February on the non-binding pact.
Haley's predecessor, Samantha Power, mocked the move of the USA. UU
"How to insult even more your Mexican neighbor, turn your back on the most desperate humanity, and make the United States irrelevant in a hugely destabilizing global crisis in one easy step," he posted on Twitter.
While the former Secretary General of the UN, Jan Elibadon, said on Twitter: "In migration, national solutions logically do not exist … Doing it alone is a lose-lose proposal".
Information from Michelle Nichols; Lisa Shumaker edition