New York, 23 February 2018. At the first meeting of the year 2018, held on 22 February, the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, was re-elected as Vice-Chairperson of the "Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples", known as the United Nations Decolonization Committee.
At the outset of the meeting, under the pro tempore presidency of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN, Dr. Watson Webson, was elected by acclamation as Chairman of the Committee. In like manner, the Ambassadors of Indonesia and Sierra Leone were re-elected as Vice-Chairpersons, in addition to Cuba, and the Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic as Rapporteur.
While thanking for the trust placed in Cuba in taking up this responsibility, the Cuban Ambassador acknowledged the continued support of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the work of the Committee and reaffirmed the historic principled position of the island with regard to the decolonization process led by the United Nations, in particular its General Assembly, which as early as 14 December 1960 adopted the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and solemnly proclaimed the necessity for the rapid and unconditional end to colonialism in all its forms and expressions.
In this regard, Rodriguez Camejo affirmed that Cuba will continue to work actively within the Committee to ensure that the peoples of the 17 territories still recognized as non-self-governing, as well as the brotherly people of Puerto Rico, can achieve their legitimate aspirations and are able to exercise their right to self-determination, by virtue of which they can freely determine their political status and pursue their own economic, social and cultural development.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations