New York

01 July 2015

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement today that Cuba and the United States will reopen embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.. The restoration of diplomatic ties is an important step on the path toward the normalization of relations.

In keeping with the principles of its founding Charter, the United Nations supports efforts to promote harmonious and good neighbourly relations among States. The Secretary-General hopes that this historic step will benefit the peoples of both countries.