Sovereignty

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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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As with the concept of individual freedom, national sovereignty depends on how its components are defined.
He added that the Turkish parliament was determined to do its utmost to strengthen Turkey's national sovereignty, to develop democracy and freedoms and to make Turkey one of the leading countries of the world.
We share a common stance with Syria on the establishment of stability in the region and respect for national sovereignty of the neighboring states," Mottaki told a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid Mualem on Wednesday.
Foreign intervention to protect human rights in any country necessarily implies the violation of the national sovereignty.
If this draft treaty for the constitution is accepted one of the frightening things is the union would have the right to intervene in matters such as social policy, transport,public health and justice - areas where there is a strong tradition of national sovereignty.
The Helsinki accords proclaim fundamental individual rights and the concomitant principle that these rights can't be imposed by violating the principle of national sovereignty.
The council announced that "on the liberation of Iraq" it would set up an independent coalition provisional government to run the affairs of the country and maintain national sovereignty and independence.
The great wartime leader had again and again insisted on national sovereignty only to jettison the concept when the war ended.
China and Russia share the same view on the importance of protecting the national sovereignty of different countries, Chinese President Jiang Zemin told Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, according to state media reports Friday.
Only temporarily overshadowed by the November 2001 Federal election is a controversy quietly raging in Australian political and legal circles that has brought into sharp focus the place of national sovereignty in an age of expanding global institutions and challenged the long-term future of the independent nation-state.
We can expect to be browbeaten into accepting more government restrictions on our cherished personal freedoms and to surrender our national sovereignty to the United Nations.
Agha said national sovereignty would only be fully established with the removal of al-Qaeda, the remaining Taliban and other fundamentalist Muslim elements.

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