Press Release: Cuba demands, the United Nations Security Council, to put an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territory and other Arab territories.

New York, 20 April 2017. At the Open Debate of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, after denouncing the continued suffering of the Palestinian people caused by 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, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, underscored that 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).

She reiterated 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 Cuban diplomat reaffirmed 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.

At the end of her statement, she insisted upon the fact that all those measures and actions, 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”, she concluded.  (Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations)