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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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and most EU states, having recognized a second Albanian state on the sovereign territory of a UN member state and having called on all other states to do likewise, will not now recognize one Palestinian state on a tiny portion of the occupied Palestinian homeland, it will dissolve the "Palestinian Authority" (which, legally, should have ceased to exist in 1999, at the end of the five-year "interim period" under the Oslo Accords) and the Palestinian people will thereafter seek justice and freedom through democracy -- through the persistent, non-violent pursuit of full rights of citizenship in a single state in all of Israel/Palestine, free of any discrimination based on race and religion and with equal rights for all who live there, as in any true democracy.
China is adamantly opposed to such a move, considering the island an integral part of its sovereign territory.
It is the duty of this Commission to enforce compliance with the law by all telecom operators active within Georgia's national sovereign territory, and it is clear from our surveys that Megafon has blatantly disregarded regulations and violated the law," said Mr.
The Southern Growth Policy Board, a public policy think tank, mentions the sovereignty angle on its website: "Meanwhile, SmartPort negotiated with the Mexican Customs service to locate a facility in Kansas City--on Mexican sovereign territory.
The area where the Nicaraguan government intends to grant (oil) concessions is located in territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), sovereign territory of Costa Rica - both in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean," Costa Rican Foreign Minister Roberto Tovar wrote in a letter to his Nicaraguan counterpart and delivered to Nicaraguan Ambassador Mauricio Diaz on Tuesday.
Pontiac refused to adhere to the unreasonable policies of the new conquerors and the result was the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which created a vast Indian sovereign territory," McIsaac said.
But when Argentina did invade those islands we went to war because UK sovereign territory had been invaded, and UK citizens, the Falkland Islanders, needed to be liberated.
The Yanks are claiming their spy plane is sovereign territory like an embassy and the Chinese have no right to even look at it.
Eritrea's charge d'affaires, Tesfa Alem Seyoum, tells the council it was meeting "at a time when a vast sovereign territory of the state of Eritrea has been invaded and occupied by neighbouring Ethiopia, with impunity, since May 1999".
A new boundary fence encloses the compound, near The Hague, which marks the area as British sovereign territory.
The right of abode protects the citizen from deportation outside the sovereign territory of the state where he or she are citizens.
If we do not rescue Bosnian Muslims from their rapine executioners, if we do not restore to them their rightful, sovereign territory, then how shall we justify our military might and our think-tank capacities?