Cuba defends the world of justice and peace in Geneva

Faced with this objective, the Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gerardo Peñalver, demanded strict respect for the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international law. He spoke at the installation of Cuba as President of the Conference on Disarmament.

“As a small island developing country that has withstood all manner of sieges, threats, including military aggression, unconventional warfare and brutal economic, commercial and financial blockade for more than six decades, we sign and we vigorously uphold the principles and norms of international law and uphold peace in all circumstances,” he stressed.

Peñalver also ratified Cuba’s unambiguous opposition to the use or threat of use of force against any state.

Regarding the current crisis in Europe, the senior official said that Cuba will continue to advocate for a serious, constructive and realistic diplomatic solution, through peaceful means, which guarantees the security and sovereignty of all, as well as peace, stability and regional and international security. .

The desire of the United States to continue the progressive enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the borders of Russia has led to a scenario with implications of an unforeseeable magnitude, which could have been avoided if the well-founded demands for security guarantees from this country had been addressed with seriousness and respect, he explained.

According to Peñalever, humanity is going through a difficult and complex situation, marked by the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has aggravated structural inequalities and catalyzed a multidimensional global crisis.

In his voice, Cuba warned Geneva that threats to international peace and security are increasing, that conflicts are on the rise, and that unjust and illegal sanctions and unilateral coercive measures are being imposed against developing countries.

Likewise, he denounced that the survival of the human species is compromised by irrational patterns of production and consumption, and an arms race that is increasing exponentially in which the resources that should be allocated to sustainable development and achievement of the desired global immunization against Covid-19 are being wasted.

“Multilateralism faces enormous challenges. In this context, the role of the United Nations, international cooperation and the peaceful settlement of disputes are increasingly relevant,” Peñalver stressed.

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Elna M. Lemons