Definition formulated by the Puerto Rican
as proposed to US Congress in 1997:
1. Puerto Rico es a sovereign republic, in its free
exercise of its unalienable right to independence and free
self-determination, has complete authority and responsibility over its
own territory and population, under a democratically adopted
constitution by the People of PUerto Rico, which would provide the
establishment of a republican form of government, and an ample
protection of human rights, subject only to the approval of the People
of Puerto Rico.
2. The Republic of Puerto Rico will turn into a member of
the community of nations, in equal conditions, invested of all the
rights and prerogatives which International Law recognizes to all
independent states and that includes the power to establish its own
fiscal, monetary, migratory and international trade policies, the right
to make treaties including economic, commercial tax, to establish
relations with other nations, and to participate in international
3. Puerto Ricans will be citizens of the Republic of Puerto Rico.
of the United States
4. The United States will grant to the individuals of
Puerto Rico their acquired rights due to the services rendered or
contributions made to the United States.
with the United States
5. The future relations between Puerto Rico and the United
States will be defined by a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with
respect to issues of mutual interest in conformity to their respective
constitutional processes, and through which Congress would express its
support to the following principles: a period of economic
transition, including a Development Fund financed with yearly
contributions based on the present level of expenses of the Federal
government in Puerto Rico; a free trade among both nations; a free
passage of Puerto Rican citizens and U.S. citizens among both nations;
and the complete de-militarization of Puerto Rico.