Remarks by Ambassador Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, at the closing session of the National Solidarity Conference for the Full Normalization of Cuba – United States Relations.
From Left: Nancy Cabrero, Ambassador Mrs. Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Franklin Flores, Jaime Mendieta, Casa de Las Américas Delegation
We are touched to see, once again, that we have so many good friends here. The work you have done over these years has been particularly important and helpful. You know very well what these expressions of solidarity mean for a country like Cuba, a small, blocked and rebel Island, that continues and will continue to withstand.
The strong support we have always received from the worthy sons of this country, who are increasingly demanding the unconditional lifting of the blockade and the normal relations between the two nations, have been fundamental.
We have followed with close attention the discussions in the panels and workshops held at the Conference.
Highly sensitive issues have been addressed, such as Cuba’s role in the liberation of Africa; democracy in Cuba; the racial theme; and the empowerment of women; as well as problems directly linked to the current state of relations between Cuba and the United States, like the return of the territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo and the fight against the blockade, among other aspects.
Joint Statement between the governments of Cuba and the United States
This January 12, the governments of the Republic of Cuba and the United States of America agreed to take a major step toward the normalization of their migration relations, in order to ensure a regular, safe and orderly migration
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MOTIVATED by an interest in the normalization of bilateral relations consistent with the Purposes and Principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, including those related to the sovereign equality of States, settlement of international disputes by peaceful means, respect for the territorial integrity and political independence of States, respect for equal rights and self-determination of peoples, non-interference in the internal affairs of States, and promotion and encouragement of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all;
ENCOURAGED by the re-establishment of diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015 based on mutual respect and the political will to strengthen bilateral relations and establish new understandings in various areas of common interest;
AWARE of the necessity to facilitate regular migration to the benefit of both countries, and to discourage irregular migration;
COMMITTED to preventing irregular migration, impeding departures from the Republic of Cuba that risk loss of human life, combating acts of violence associated with irregular migration, such as trafficking in persons and alien smuggling; and beginning the regular return of Cuban nationals, as set forth in this Joint Statement.