The Republic of Cuba has officially called upon the US to end its 118-year colonial regime in Puerto Rico.
The demand was delivered by Humberto Rivero, Cuba’s ambassador to the United Nations…and was reported immediately throughout the international press.
According to Ambassador Rivero, Puerto Rico is headed for “a severe humanitarian crisis in which food, water and electricity may be rationed, and many lives will be lost.”
Ambassador Rivero denounced the US response to this looming crisis.
“Instead of triggering a process that would allow Puerto Ricans to develop self-determination and economic control of their own future,” said the Ambassador, the US is imposing a Financial Control Board which “only seeks to force Puerto Rico to pay money to Wall Street and several vulture funds.”
The Ambassador also noted that 118 years of colonial rule have failed to destroy the culture, dignity and nationalist sentiments of the Puerto Rican people.
ACTION IN THE UNITED NATIONS
On June 20, Ambassador Rivero acted upon these words…by introducing a UN resolution that the United States should create a path to independence for Puerto Rico.
The resolution was supported by representatives from Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Syria and Venezuela…and was approved by the UN Committee of Decolonization.
It was also supported by the Non-Aligned Movement, which incorporates 120 of the 193 UN member nations, and by the 33 nations of the Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC).
All of these nations and organizations agree with Cuba and its Ambassador Humberto Rivero: that Puerto Rico should no longer be a territory…a property… a colony of the US.