Tuesday, 21 June 2011 21:09
HAVANA, Cuba, Jun 20. Cuba’s permanent representative to the United Nations brought the organization’s attention this Monday to the fact that the Puerto Rican people continues being unable to exercise its legitimate right to genuine self-determination.
In his address before the UN decolonization committee, in New York, Pedro Nuñez Mosquera noted that the issue has reached high levels of interest within the international organization and among political and social forces of Puerto Rico, Prensa Latina reported.
The decolonization committee focused this Monday in discussing a draft resolution about the economic, political and social domination maintained by the U.S. on Puerto Rico. The document was put forward by Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Nuñez Mosquera pointed out that the number of resolutions or decisions made by the UN committee throughout the last 30 years amounts to 29, all of them reaffirming Puerto Rico’s irrefutable right to self-determination and independence.
However, little progress has been made on reaching a final solution for the colonial situation, said the Cuban representative, and adds in another moment of his address that despite initiatives by Puerto Rican political representatives, a decolonization process meeting the national expectations has not been started yet.
The draft resolution presented in this meeting urges the U.S. government to take on responsibility in fulfilling the Committee’s call, and highlights that any initiative for the solution of the political status of Puerto Rico should come from its people.
Likewise, the document reflects the concern about violent actions against independence fighters and says an investigation of those acts should be opened.
On July 25 will be 113 years of the military intervention of the U.S. in Puerto Rico.
The Cuban stance in defense of the independence of Puerto Rico dates back to 1892 when Jose Marti founded the Cuban Revolutionary Party for the independence of Cuba and to encourage and assist in that of the neighboring country.