New York, 19 October 2020. Cuba participated today in the Segment on the 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, Agenda Item 62 of the United Nations Second Committee.
Joel Suárez Orozco, Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations highlighted that the report submitted by the Secretary-General on this topic confirms the persistence of Israeli practices and policies that constitute a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, which are affecting the social and economic conditions of the Palestinian people and the occupied Syrian Golan, being, in addition, an irrefutable expression of the deprivation of the right to development of those territories, since they cannot have the sovereign right over their natural resources.
He condemned Israel's continued military occupation of the Palestinian territory; the Israeli illegal 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 cause immense suffering to the people. She pointed out that the occupation of the Palestinian territory and the Syrian Golan continues to affect negatively the living conditions of the populations of these territories and stressed that current social and economic trends indicate that, if current conditions do not change radically, it will be difficult to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Cuban diplomat supported the Syrian Government's demand to recover the Golan Heights seized by Israel in 1967, and called once again for Israel's total and unconditional withdrawal from the Syrian Golan and from all occupied Arab territories.
Likewise, he rejected the unilateral action of the United States government to establish its diplomatic representation in the city of Jerusalem, in blatant disrespect for international law and the United Nations resolutions; and expressed her strongest condemnation of the recognition by the government of the United States of the occupied Syrian Golan as a territory of Israel. This ploy 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.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations