Two statements in support of Palestinian Resistance from Cuba and South Africa

April 2, 2002

Declaration by Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations

Israeli troops have launched a bloody offensive against Palestinian territories and population and against the Palestinian National Authority. The infrastructure and facilities this people have tried to create through years of arduous work, have been practically destroyed. At this moment there are serious threats against the life of Yasser Arafat, whose physical safety is in imminent danger.

This new Israeli escalation occurs when not even 24 hours passed after the closing ceremony of the Arab League Summit in Beirut, where a peace initiative was unanimously approved, showing the common will of Arab nations to reach an accord that permits a just and lasting peace for all the peoples of the region, The response of the government of Ariel Sharon, supported and financed by the United States, has been death and destruction, making it clear as never before, his opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state and compliance with United Nations resolutions.

Cuba reiterates its full support for the heroic struggle of the Arab peoples, and especially the Palestinians, against Israeli occupation and aggression and its solidarity with their resistance and rebellion.

Cuba demands more energetic action of the international community, and especially of the Security Council of the United Nations to stop the massacre and the genocidal acts of the Israeli army.

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Cuba energetically condemns the aggression committed against the heroic Palestinian people and its authorities. We demand an end to the isolation and harassment of Yasser Arafat and the immediate end to crimes and the outrages being carried out by Israeli occupation forces. Havana, March 30, 2002

Translation from original Spanish by Los Angeles Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba

COSATU condemns Israeli aggression

The Congress of South African Trade Unions vehemently condemns the Israeli governmentís siege of the Palestine Authorityís headquarters in Ramallah. Its military actions are nothing less than banditry and naked aggression against the leaders of the Palestinian people.

The federation welcomes and supports President Thabo Mbekiís call for the withdrawal of all Israeli forces from the Palestinian headquarters and demands that other world leaders and the United Nations join in condemning the Israeli government and demanding its withdrawal from all the occupied Palestinian territories. It deplores the silence of the US government, which indicates tacit support for the Israeli aggression.

COSATU reaffirms its total support for the legitimate struggle of the Palestine people for national independence in a sovereign Palestinian state and freedom from colonial domination and military occupation. We pledge COSATUís support and solidarity and call upon the trade union movement internationally to mobilise its support behind the people of Palestine.

COSATU calls for a peaceful solution to the crisis, through genuine and free negotiations conducted by the UN, based on the following conditions:∑ Immediate implementation of UN Resolution 242∑ The withdrawal of all Israeli forces from Ramallah and all the rest of the Palestine territories∑ The removal of all Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories International recognition of an independent, sovereign state of Palestine. †

Patrick Craven and Moloto MothapoActing COSATU Spokespersons


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