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The Cuban permanent representative before the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, Rodolfo Reyes, reiterated on Tuesday that his country hopes for a peaceful solution to the current crisis in Syria, “one that fully respects the sovereignty and independence of that Arab nation.”
Speaking during a discussion on the topic at the U.N. body in Geneva, Reyes warned that a civil war or a foreign intervention in Syria could bring about serious consequences for humanity and, particularly, for the already convulsed region of the Middle East.
According to Prensa Latina news agency, the Cuban diplomat regarded as ‘alarming’ recent calls issued by those who promote a change of government in Syria through the use of force and violence instead of dialogue and negotiation among all sides.
“The role of the international community, in a difficult moment for a U.N. member state, is to work to safeguard peace and stability in that country, and not to promote actions that can lead to death, crimes, aggressions against innocent people, and the lack of safety in cities and towns,” Reyes noted.
“The issue of human rights is not the genuine motivation of this new debate in the Council,” said the Cuban representative as he criticized the position of some member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the Middle East.
He also referred to the unjustifiable bombings against Libya that resulted from the approval of Resolution 1973 of the U.N. Security Council in March 2011, as well as the killing of innocent civilians, the assassination of a head of state (Muammar Gaddafi), and the tolerance of Israel’s criminal actions against the Palestinian people.
“Taking into account recent cases in which we have seen a manipulation of the U.N. Charter as well as the double standard of the United States and other NATO members, we reject any attempt to undermine the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Syria,” Reyes pointed out.
“Cuba reiterates that international cooperation, based on the principles of objectivity, impartiality and non-selectivity, is the only way to effectively promote and protect all human rights,” he added.
“At the same time, Cuba is confident of the capacity of the Syrian people and government to solve their domestic problems without foreign interference,” the diplomat concluded. / ACN