Press Release. UN Special Committee on Decolonization adopts important resolution on the colonial question of Puerto Rico
New York, 18 June.-Last Monday, 17 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
In 14 consecutive years, 31 resolutions or decisions on this issue have been adopted by consensus in 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 this colonial situation.
The resolution adopted this year, among its key elements, reiterates that Puerto Rico is a Latin American and Caribbean nation with its own and unmistakably national identity, and calls upon the United States to take on the responsibility of enabling a process that allows the Puerto Rican people to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence. The resolution also urges the US Government to complete the return of all occupied land in Puerto Rico and the installations in Vieques Island and in Ceiba, as well as all lands previously used for military exercise and installations to the people of Puerto Rico. It also notes the slowness of the process of clean-up and decontamination.
The resolution calls again upon the US President to release the Puerto Rican political prisoners serving sentences in US prisons: Oscar López Rivera, whose case is of humanitarian nature and Norberto González Claudio.
The rejection of the majority of the Puerto Rican people to the current status of political subordination of last 6 November 2012 stands out amid the new elements introduced in the text this year. In like manner, the text takes note of the Declaration approved by the First Summit of the Community of Latin American States and the Caribbean (CELAC) held in Santiago de Chile, in which the issue of Puerto Rico is recognized as a matter of concern for CELAC, as well as the Declaration adopted by the Council of the Socialist International in Portugal.
The resolution calls again upon the US President to release the three political prisoners serving sentences in US prisons, one of them has been imprisoned for 31 years; and reiterates the Puerto Rican people is still deprived of exercising their legitimate right to genuine self-determination. United States of America, the colonial power, remains with economic, political and social domination on that brother Latin American and Caribbean people, who is still clinging to their culture, identity and national feelings despite the 115 years of colonial rule.
The Puerto Rican people can always count on the solidarity of Cuba in their struggle for exercising their legitimate right to self-determination and independence.