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Cuba: U.S. veto of Palestinian membership in UN is unjustifiable

United Nations, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Anayansi Rodriguez on Thursday considered unjustifiable the veto of the United States against the accession of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations (UN).

“History will demand responsibility to the government of the United States for its complicity in the injustice against the Palestinian people”, Rodriguez warned while taking the floor at the open debate called by the UN Security Council (UNSC).

The Cuban representative described as an affront to the international community that Palestine retains observer status in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) despite the fact that 140 nations recognize Palestine as a State and the occupying power enjoys membership with full rights.

“Formalizing Palestinian membership is precisely one of the first steps we can and must take to achieve the desired comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Rodriguez added.

The Cuban diplomat called on the United States to put an end to its obstruction of Palestinian accession to the UN and the double standards and selectivity of its government.

Current U.S. administration is constantly creating new devices to guarantee Israel’s impunity and exonerate it of its responsibility for war crimes committed against humanity, which increasingly undermines UNSC´s credibility, she stated.

In her view, UNSC must urgently fulfill its mandate and stop the genocide being committed by Israel.

“It must put an end to the illegal colonizing policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories, which have persisted for more than seven decades, she added.

Rodriguez reiterated the demand for an immediate and permanent ceasefire as well as his country’s support for an UNGA-sponsored peace conference to preserve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.

At the same time, she called for total and unconditional withdrawal of Israel from the Syrian Golan and all occupied Arab territories as well as the cessation of aggressions over Syria, which violate its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The deputy minister strongly condemned Israel’s attack on Iran’s diplomatic facilities in Damascus on April 1, in flagrant violation of international law and Syria’s sovereignty.

“These unacceptable actions increase the risk of an escalated conflict in the region, with unpredictable consequences,” she warned.

“Solution to the conflicts in that region cannot be achieved through violence and coercion. Dialogue and diplomacy in favor of peace must prevail,” she insisted.