Normalization of US-Cuba relations "heartily" welcomed by UN Chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses journalists at his end-of-year press conference.(video capture)

The normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has been "heartily" welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama announced the two countries would resume relations, which would include the opening of an American embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he had been informed of this development in advance by the US Government, calling it "very positive news".

” I’d like to thank President Barack Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro for taking this very important step towards normalizing relations. As much of the membership of the United Nations has repeatedly emphasized through General Assembly resolutions during the last many, many years, it is time that Cuba and the United States normalize their bilateral relations.”

Mr Ban added that the UN stands ready to help both countries to cultivate their good neighbourly relations.

Last October, the General Assembly voted for the 23rd time for the US to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’22″

 

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