Resident Commissioner lambasts Cuba, Venezuela statements on plebiscite

by | Jun 21, 2017 | Status | Comments

Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in Washington, Jenniffer González-Colón, lambasted the messages of the delegates of Venezuela and Cuba who sit at the United Nations Decolonization Committee, in regards to the Puerto Rico plebiscite.

“I do not recognize the Cuban and Venezuelan delegations at the UN any moral authority to intervene in the Puerto Rico political debate, never mind evaluating the democratic process of last June 11 in our Island”, the congresswoman stated, adding that “if and when truly free and democratic elections are held in Cuba, and when human rights are respected in Venezuela and Maduro’s tyrannical abuse of his people ends, maybe then maybe they could have the moral standing to talk about electoral results in Puerto Rico “, Resident Commissioner said.

González-Colón also pointed out that “it is ironic that pro-independence leaders would raise an argument of low voter turnout for the 11 June plebiscite, when their party (PIP) has lost ballot access in the last four elections due to not reaching even 3% of the vote. “

“In a democratic system the will of the people is expressed through the elections process. Puerto Ricans did just that in the plebiscite and now it falls upon the Congress and federal government to act upon it. As the elected representative of the people of Puerto Rico in Washington I will demand that action to defend the will of the American citizens of Puerto Rico”, added Resident Commissioner González-Colón.