Assembly President hails Cuban signature of key UN human rights texts

28 February 2008

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today welcomed Cuba’s signing of two key United Nations human rights documents: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICPPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

During a meeting with Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, Mr. Kerim also discussed the main priorities for the current Assembly session, including climate change, financing for development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and counter-terrorism.

The Assembly President thanked Cuba for its support as well as for the country’s efforts as the chair of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), according to a statement issued by Mr. Kerim’s spokesperson.

In today’s talks, Cuba’s Foreign Minister voiced his nation’s support for the work of the Assembly, including its upcoming debate on how to improve progress towards some of the MDGs.


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