Gerardo Peñalver PortalFirst Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, advocated for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and called on the United States to stop obstructing Security Council action.
At a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in Palestine this Monday, the diplomat warned that each moment of passivity, double standards or silence will cost more innocent lives, the Cuban Foreign Ministry reports today.
Peñalver Portal affirmed that the indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population and United Nations workers, the bombings of hospitals, ambulances and schools, and the massive destruction of homes and vital infrastructure constitute collective punishment and serious violations of International Humanitarian Law.
Despite this urgency, he maintained, the Security Council has shown itself unable to rise to the occasion, as it has only been able to approve a Resolution that omits the call for a ceasefire and a humanitarian truce, to evade, from this way, the veto of the United States.
In this sense, the Cuban vice foreign minister denounced that Israel transgresses all the resolutions of the United Nations Organization and all its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.