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Economic situation in Palestine is rooted on the illegal Israeli occupation: Rafael Ramírez

2016-10-25

The Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Rafael Ramírez, denounced the difficult economic situation in Palestine as a result of Israel’s illegal occupation which violates the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
 
“The report of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) clearly and soundly demonstrates the constant obstacles set by Israel against the Palestinian State to hinder the development and normal performance of the daily life in the brotherly nation, leading to a decline in its economy and the impoverishment resulting from the Israeli occupation and the colonization process on Palestine.” he affirmed.
 
Ramirez stressed the impossibility of the people of Palestine to comply with the UN 2030 Agenda goals given the impact of the Israeli occupation on the economy, including an unemployment rate over 25%, severe and moderated food insecurity, deterioration in the health system, and the illegal exploitation of natural resources.
 
The Permanent Representative of Venezuela ratified during his statement his trust on the sovereign management of natural resources as an instrument for the benefit of the peoples who possess them and condemned the exploitation of these resources by third parties.
 
“The sustainable development in Palestine will be impossible as long as the occupation of its territories continues; the occupation constitutes the only root cause of Palestine’s difficult economic situation. The international efforts in support of Palestine are not enough; thus, we reiterate the firm position of our country of demanding stronger actions from the General Assembly and especially the Security Council to tackle the root of the problem since everything that has been done so far has proven to be insufficient and useless, rendering the UN organs ineffective to address such a serious matter”.


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