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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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The expert said that since 2005, Sherman has supported Yerevan's decades-long policies of genocide and ethnic cleansing operations against Azerbaijani people and environmental destruction of sovereign territory of Azerbaijan within Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding seven districts that are occupied by Armenia.
Surely, any remotely rational Indian policymaker or public figure would have recognised that Pakistan would reserve the right to retaliate against an attack on this country's sovereign territory, but it does not appear that there are any rational Indian policymakers or public figures left.
But Panatag is also within a wide area of the South China Sea enclosed by a nine-dash line claimed by China as part of its historic sovereign territory. China has a name for the island - Huangyan.
However, we have to be clear on how we can protect the sovereign territory of our country,' the lawmaker added.
"As part of this policy, Israel treats the West Bank - and particularly Area C, where it retained full control under the Oslo Accords - as an area meant to serve its needs exclusively, as if it were its sovereign territory," B'Tselem concluded.
"The launch of Asgardia's first satellite establishes the nation's sovereign territory in space and satisfies the last condition necessary for admission to the UN: that in addition to the constitution, a government and a currency, the nation must have a territory," Asgardia's launch announcement said.
China regards self-ruled Taiwan as sovereign territory and regularly calls it the most sensitive and important issue between it and the United States, complaining to Washington about transit stops by Taiwanese presidents.
"The IDF will continue to spare no effort to defend the Israeli public while maintaining the military's freedom of operation in Israel's sovereign territory, and it will not hesitate to counteract terrorist organizations threatening Israel."
Sport Aid 1000 was a 10,000m race held in schools in every country and sovereign territory in the world.
The US "will continue assisting the Iraqis to eventually regain control of their sovereign territory from these terrorists," and such operations are currently underway in the Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys, and along Sinjar Mountain, he affirmed.
"Moscow eventually has to end its occupation of Ukraine's sovereign territory," he said.
Turkey regards it as sovereign territory and had repeatedly vowed to defend it from any attack by the insurgents.