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UN Special Committee on Decolonization adopts important Resolution on the Colonial question of Puerto Rico.

Last Monday, 20 June, the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization adopted by consensus a new important resolution on the colonial question of Puerto Rico, which was introduced by Cuba and co-sponsored by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. 

Twenty-nine resolutions or decisions on this issue have been already adopted by the Committee. Each and every one of them has reaffirmed the inalienable right of the Puerto Rican people to self-determination and independence, in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV). However, little progress has been made towards a definitive solution to the colonial situation.

The Puerto Rican people remain unable to exercise their legitimate right to genuine self-determination. The United States of America, the colonial power, maintain their economic, political, and social domination over this brotherly Latin American and Caribbean people, which have their own national and cultural identity.

The adopted resolution notes the significant statements on the question of Puerto Rico, contained in the Final Document of the Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, held in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.

As in previous years, the resolution calls upon the US President to release the three political prisoners serving sentences in US prisons for over 30 years, and reiterates the request for the United Nations General Assembly to comprehensively review the question of Puerto Rico in all its aspects.

One hundred and thirteen years of colonial domination have not been enough to deprive Puerto Rico from its culture, identity, and national sentiment.

The Puerto Rican people can always count on the solidarity of Cuba in its struggle to exercise their legitimate right to self-determination and independence.

             New York, 23 June 2011

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