The United Nations.-Cuba expressed its support for the two-state solution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, recognizing the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
In a debate by the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) of the UN General Assembly, Cuban representative Humberto Rivero reiterated the island’s support for the Palestinian struggle for a free, independent and sovereign State of Palestine.
Rivero also defended the call for the capital of the Palestinian state to be East Jerusalem, corresponding to the boundaries existing prior to the Israeli occupation of 1967, and the return of refugees.
“We reiterate our firm support and solidarity for the just cause of the Palestinian people, and the need to redouble efforts to resolve the plight of its refugees, in accordance with the norms and principles of international law and the relevant UN resolutions,” he stressed.
The Cuban diplomat acknowledged the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), despite its lack of financial resources.
According to Rivero, the report discussed in the Fourth Committee on this matter accurately reflects the services provided by the agency to Palestinians in key sectors such as health and education.
“As mentioned in the report, despite the operational deficit that it (the UNRWA) faced once again to meet the requirements of its mandate, it was able to provide human development services and humanitarian aid quickly and efficiently,” he insisted.
The Cuban representative called for greater support for this agency, responsible for assisting Palestinian refugees, and criticized those who for political reasons threaten to further reduce financial contributions to its operations. (PL).