Cuba Reaffirms its Commitment to the Decolonization Cause at the UN

United Nations, Feb 22 .-Cuba’s alternate permanent representative to the UN, Ana Silvia Rodriguez, reaffirmed her country’s commitment to continue working for the independence of the world’s 17 non-self-governing territories.

 

After being re-elected vice-president of the United Nations Decolonization Committee, the ambassador stressed the need to advance in a genuine process that contributes to the will of the 17 territories to hear the will of their inhabitants.

Many people who are still under foreign domination look to the UN with hope and we can leave them behind, she emphasized.

In that regard, she spoke of Puerto Rico, which was bidding to exercise its inalienable right to self-determination and independence from the United States.

The task remains unfinished and we must continue to work from the Decolonization Committee and from the UN tribunes to achieve independence, he stressed.

‘That is our debt to the inhabitants of the territories still colonized,’ he said.

For his part, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres acknowledged the work of the Decolonization Committee, which accompanies many countries on their journey toward independence and gives a voice to those peoples.

Speaking at the opening of that organization’s sessions this year, the head of the United Nations highlighted how decolonization is one of the most important chapters of the multilateral organization.

The UN Secretariat will do everything it can to support the important work of the Decolonization Committee and you have my full commitment,’ said Guterres.

The Special Committee on Decolonization was established in 1961 by the General Assembly for the purpose of monitoring the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, adopted on 14 December 1960.