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Handbook on the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes between States.


Exercising Self Determination is implementing protocols under "peaceful settlement of disputes" found in International law. Which, case in point, is the the Supreme Law of the Land. See Supremacy Clause i.e. U.S. Treaties [emphasis added.]

The United Nations INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
PART 1
Article 1 All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Self-determination is a process rather than an outcome. There is, in fact, no one prescribed outcome for the exercise of self-determination. The United Nations General Assembly, in its Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States stipulated that: [t]he establishment of a sovereign and independent State, the free association or integration with an independent State or the emergence into any other political status freely determined by a people constitutes modes of implementing the right of self-determination by that people.

Self-determination should not be viewed as a one time choice, but as an ongoing process which ensures the continuance of a people's participation in decision making and control over its own destiny.

Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and
Co-operation among States says: the establishment of a sovereign and independent State, the free association or integration with an independent State or emergence into any other political status freely determined by a people constitute modes of implementing the right to self-determination by that people ... (emphasis added).
 

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