President of Namibia condemns Blockade at UN General Assembly

NAMIBIA, September 21, 2017.- The President of Namibia, Hage Geingob, in his address to the high-level segment of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly demanded the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States Government against Cuba. The African leader also celebrated the process of re-establishing relations between the two countries.

The Namibian president said: "Over the past several years, Namibia has been noting the growing rapprochement between Cuba and the United States, culminating in the reopening of embassies between the two countries. We believe that this rapprochement should lead to the full lifting of economic and financial embargo against the Republic of Cuba and its people, who have the right to pursue peace and a decent life."

Likewise, Geingob condemned the occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territories; described as inalienable and legal the right of the Palestinian people to their independence and to the formation of their State; and called on the international community to work to resolve the conflict by recognizing the two States.

On the other hand, it also claimed the right of the Saharan people to self-determination and independence; reaffirmed the position of Namibia in support of the struggle for freedom of the Saharan Arab Republic and called for the implementation of the measures adopted in this regard by the Security Council and the UN General Assembly.
President Geingob addressed other important issues on the international agenda such as climate change, United Nations reform and the need to emphasize multilateralism for the solution of conflicts.

The president also highlighted the achievements of Namibia since the country's independence in 1990, especially in the reduction of poverty. However, he said he was not satisfied and assured that his government will continue to work in this regard.(Cubavsbloqueo-Embacuba Namibia)