71 UNGA: Cuba at the Open Debate of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East.

Madam President,

We support the statement made by the delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Palestine continues to suffer from the illegal occupation and colonizing practices in violation of International Law, including international humanitarian law and human rights, as well as the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.

Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory are unacceptable, as well as the continued and intensified construction of these units, in violation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016).

The two-state solution and a comprehensive, just, peaceful and lasting settlement to the question of Palestine will not be possible as long as the relevant resolutions adopted by the United Nations continue to be violated.

We defend the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; to have a free, independent and sovereign State, with its capital in East Jerusalem and with the pre-1967 borders, as well as the return of the Palestinian emigration.

We reiterate Cuba's support for Palestine to become a full member of the United Nations Organization and our call on the Security Council to speak in this respect.

The Council should take concrete measures, without further delay, to put an end to Israel´s occupation of the Palestinian territory and other Arab territories; to remove the blockade against the Gaza Strip; to cease the construction and expansion of settlements and the Separation Wall in occupied Palestinian territory; to halt the destruction and confiscation of Palestinian lands and property and to put an end to forced displacements and the transfer of settlers to the occupied Palestinian territory.

Cuba reaffirms that any measure or action that Israel has taken or is about to take in order to change the legal, physical and demographic status and the institutional structure of the occupied Syrian Golan, as well as Israel's measures to exercise its jurisdiction and administration in this territory, are void and have no legal effect. We also reaffirm that all those measures and actions, including the illegal construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in the Syrian Golan since 1967, constitute violations of international law, international agreements, the Charter and United Nations resolutions, including resolution 497 (1981) of the Security Council and the Fourth Geneva Convention, as well as a challenge to the international community. Cuba demands Israel´s total withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan to the borders of June 4, 1967.

Thank you very much.