HAVANA TIMES, Jan 25 — In a meeting of the United Nations Security Council yesterday, Cuba called for practical steps to be taken so that Israel would end policies and actions that violate international law, reported the Prensa Latina agency.

In an open debate on the situation in the Middle East, the permanent representative of Cuba to the UN reported that the average weekly number of Israeli attacks against Palestinians increased by 40 percent in 2011 as compared to 2010.

The diplomat said the initiatives promoted by the “Quartet on the Middle East” (the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia) have failed to promote security in the region or delimit the boundaries between the nations in conflict.

At the same time, the island reiterated its support for the application of the new state of Palestine to become a full member of the UN.


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