UN Demands Independence for Puerto Rico; Cuba Presents Draft Resolution

United Nations, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) The claim for Puerto Rican independence reaches today the United Nations, whose Special Committee on Decolonization will start debating once more the situation of that territory still submitted to U.S. colonial rule.

The draft resolution presented by Cuba in that organization reaffirms the inalienable right of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination and independence.

It also reiterates the Latin American and Caribbean nature of that territory, with its own and unmistakable national identity, and urges the United States government to promote a process that allows Puerto Ricans to exercise their right to self-determination, independence and decision-making.

The document shows concern about the measure by the U.S. Congress to impose a Financial Oversight Board for Puerto Rico to exercise full powers over executive and legislative officials in fiscal, economic and budgetary matters.

It also notes with concern the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on that Caribbean island, which, one year after it stroke, remains in a deep humanitarian crisis.

The demand for independence for Puerto Rico is widely supported by personalities, governments and political forces in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Several statements by the leaders of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA-TCP) also reiterate the inalienable rights of the Puerto Rican people.

This will be the resolution number 37 -the majority presented by Cuba- which is analyzed in the UN Special Committee on Decolonization about the question of Puerto Rico.

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