Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba on the recognition by the United States of the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Havana, 6 December 2017. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba expresses its utmost concern and rejection of the unilateral declaration by the President of the United States of the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which constitutes a serious and flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, of International Law and of the relevant UN resolutions.

This intention of the United States Government to modify the historic status of Jerusalem harms the legitimate interests of the Palestinian people and of the Arab and Islamic nations, will have serious consequences for stability and security in the Middle East, will further increase tensions in this region and will impede any effort to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Cuba calls on the Security Council to fulfill its UN Charter-based responsibility in maintaining international peace and security, to adopt the necessary decisions and to demand from Israel an immediate end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the aggressive policies and colonizing practices, as well as compliance with the resolutions adopted by the said body on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ratifies that Cuba will continue to support a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the basis of a two-State solution to realize the right of the Palestinians to self-determination and to have an independent and sovereign State, with its capital in East Jerusalem and its pre-1967 borders.

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