75 UNGA: Cuba at 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 (Item 62). NY,19 Oct 2020

Mr. Chair,

Cuba associates itself with the statements made by the distinguished delegation of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Mr. Chair,

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an opportunity for countries and their societies to embark on a new path aimed at improving the lives of all, leaving no one behind. Its objectives range from the elimination of poverty to the fight against climate change, the provision of education, the attainment of women's equality, and working towards the defense of the environment or the design of our cities. Its implementation is a sovereign right of each people, including those under foreign occupation. To accomplish this, not only are human and material resources needed, but also their natural resources.

Mr. Chair,

Cuba appreciates the report submitted by the Secretary-General under Agenda item 62, which 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 of the occupied Syrian Golan, being, in addition, an irrefutable evidence of the deprivation of the right to development of these territories, since they are unable to exercise their sovereign right over their natural resources.

Mr. Chair,

The occupation of the Palestinian territory and the Syrian Golan continues to negatively affect the living conditions of the populations of these territories. Current social and economic trends show that if the current conditions do not change radically, it will be difficult to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

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 cause immense suffering to the people.

We support 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.

We reject the unilateral decision 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.

We express our 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 serious and flagrant violation of the Charter of the United Nations, International Law and the relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 497 of 1981.

Mr. Chair,

Allow me to conclude by reaffirming Cuba's unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian and Syrian peoples.

Thank you very much.