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Cuba condemns the "humanitarian catastrophe of Dantesque proportions" due to Israeli attacks on Gaza


Naima Ariatne Trujillo at the UNESCO Conference


Cuba's Minister of Education Naima Ariatne Trujillo used the occasion of her speech at the 42nd General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Thursday (November 9) to forcefully condemn the ongoing slaughter in Gaza.


Trujillo called the consequences of the Israeli attacks a "humanitarian catastrophe of Dantesque proportions", saying that it was the "consequence of 75 years of the permanent violation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the aggressive and expansionist policies of Israel."


She stated that "Cuba condemns in the harshest terms the bombings against the civilian population in Gaza and the destruction of their homes, hospitals and civilian infrastructure."


"Cuba demands a broad, just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - based on the creation of two States - that allows the Palestinian people to exercise their right to self-determination".


She also noted that the "international situation is increasingly complex and challenging. As never before before, human survival itself is at risk. The global crisis caused due to the Covid-19 pandemic has placed before the international community immense global challenges. A deep systemic crisis threatens to worsen and perpetuate the structural problems of underdevelopment".


Trujillo on behalf of the Government and the Cuban people thanked the UN and the international community for the "overwhelming support...which in recent days reiterated for the thirty-first time unequivocally its position against the blockade of Cuba and asked for an end to this unilateral punishment that is applied against an entire nation and its people."


On Thursday, November 2, by an astounding 187 in favour with only 2 opposed and 1 abstention, the UN General Assembly voted to demand an end to the US blockade of the socialist nation.


Full speech: 09112023_am_Cuba_es_42.pdf

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