Permanent Mission to UN

Press Release: Cuba reaffirms its support to the cause of the Palestinian People at the UN Security Council.

New York, January 20, 2014.- In the statement delivered today, at the UN Security Council, the Cuban Ambassador, Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, reaffirmed that Cuba will continue supporting the Palestinian people in its just struggle for self-determination and the establishment of an Independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Ambassador stressed that the main political problem in the Middle East is the systematic aggression of Israel against Palestine. He added that Israeli illegal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories remains the main hindrance to achieve peace and a just, lasting and comprehensive solution in the Middle East region.

In his speech, the Cuban diplomat underlined that the Palestinian cause and peace in the region need to be attained through fair agreements that do not undermine the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

In like manner, he expressed that Cuba welcomes the declaration of year 2014 as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and, hopes this constitute a historical landmark in the realization of all rights of the Palestinian people, including its membership as full member of the United Nations.

The Caribbean representative also highlighted that it is essential that the Security Council play its role in defense of international peace and security, and immediately adopt concrete practical measures for Israel to end its abuses, politics and illegal practices against the Palestinian people.

The Cuban Ambassador devoted his final words to condemn the terrorist acts occurred in the Middle East. He expressed the concern for the loss of innocent lives in Syria. He likewise qualified as alarming the calls of those promoting a regime change in Syria and betting on the use of force and violence instead of contributing to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

He affirmed that Cuba joins the international yearning, longing to achieve at the Syria Peace Conference, known as Geneva II – by means of the dialogue – agreements ending the conflict in Syria, through a pacific process led by the Syrian people in exercise of its legitimate right to self-determination.


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