Cuba expressed its commitment to peace in the Middle East and a definitive solution to the Palestinian crisis

New York, 18 October 2021.“Cuba condemns Israel's continued military occupation of the Palestinian territory; the illegal Israeli policies and colonizing practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan; the human rights violations; and the systematic war crimes that have caused immense suffering to the people’’; stated today Ambassador Yuri Gala López, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the Segment on Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.

In that meeting, held at the UN Second Committee, the Cuban diplomat explained how the occupation of the Palestinian territory and the Syrian Golan continues to affect negatively the living conditions of the populations of these territories. Current social and economic trends indicate that, if the existing conditions do not change radically, it will be difficult to meet the Sustainable Development Goals; he pointed out.

Accordingly, he supported the Syrian Government's demand to recover the Golan Heights, seized by Israel in 1967, and call once again for Israel's total and unconditional withdrawal from the Syrian Golan and from all occupied Arab territories.

He rejected the unilateral action of the United States government to establish its diplomatic mission in the city of Jerusalem, in blatant disrespect for international law and the United Nations resolutions. In addition, he highlighted Cuba’s strongest condemnation of the recognition by the government of the United States of the occupied Syrian Golan as a territory of Israel, which is a grave and flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and the relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 497 of 1981.

The Cuban Ambassador reaffirmed Cuba's unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian and the Syrian people, and called for the adoption of the necessary decisions and demands Israel to put an immediate end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and to the aggressive policies and colonizing practices.

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