Peace on the planet will depend on the validity of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Pictured is a sculpture by Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli in the United Nations Gardens. Author: UN website
GENEVA, 1 March. “The Conference on Disarmament must urgently resume its substantive work and fulfill its negotiating mandate,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla confirmed, speaking at the high-level segment of the meeting, warning of a complex international scenario, serious security challenges and an intensification of unconventional wars when multilateralism is waning and the disarmament machinery of the United Nations is increasingly eroding.
The head of Cuban diplomacy explained that world military spending already exceeds $2.1 trillion, and millions of people continue to suffer from hunger and poverty.
“Cuba supports the important mandate of the Conference on Disarmament as the only multilateral body responsible for agreeing on legally binding instruments in the field of disarmament,” which meets the requirements of peace and stability, the foreign minister assured.
The top priority is “moving towards nuclear disarmament in a transparent, verifiable and irreversible manner,” he said, deploring that the 10th. The Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) ended without results for the second time in a row.
However, it led the successful First Meeting of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which brings us closer to the ideal of a world free of nuclear weapons that we aspire to and need.
Rodríguez Parilla expressed pride in being part of the region with the largest number of States parties to the said Treaty, and which reaffirmed its unwavering and strong support for nuclear disarmament by declaring Latin America and the Caribbean a zone of peace. , signed by heads of state and government in Havana in 2014, a historic and unique document of its kind, which will turn ten years next year.
Cuba stands for justice, dignity and world peace, which will only be possible by changing the unjust and undemocratic prevailing international order and upholding the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, he said.
The Cuban Foreign Minister reaffirmed the rejection of unilateral coercive measures, the criminal and illegal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against the Cuban people, and condemned the illegal, arbitrary and unilateral inclusion of Cuba in the list of countries supporting terrorism. .
He concluded by quoting the commander-in-chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, who argued: “Peace, détente, peaceful coexistence, disarmament must be demanded, they must be demanded, they must be defeated, because they will not arise for generations. spontaneously and in the modern world there is no other alternative if we want to save the life of mankind.
Source: Juventud Rebelde