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Cuba addressed the High-Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 22 (ACN) Cuba urged today at the High-Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament that this forum should fulfill its mandate to negotiate multilateral treaties on disarmament and give priority to nuclear disarmament.

Preserving disarmament and arms control agreements is crucial, said Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, speaking at the meeting, which was held virtually.

Due to its importance, the Cuban News Agency broadcasts below in its entirety the speech of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, at the High-Level Segment of the Conference on Disarmament.

Mr. President:
The international scenario is increasingly dangerous and challenging. More than ever, human survival itself is at risk. International peace and security are threatened by conflicts; predatory and unconventional wars; acts of aggression and attempts at regime change; and by an arms race that depletes enormous resources indispensable for the sustainable development of our people.

The multiple crises generated by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic have shown the fragility of a world where universal access to basic health services is not guaranteed, while nuclear arsenals are being upgraded and expanded and their role in military defense and security doctrines, which continue threatening humanity, is being strengthened.

We must strengthen multilateralism and unrestricted respect for the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international law. Peaceful coexistence among nations demands that governments refrain from exerting pressure on others and from applying unjust unilateral coercive measures.

In a cynical and hypocritical act, on January 11, 2021, the administration of President Donald Trump designated Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, to impose additional obstacles to any prospect of progress in bilateral relations between the two countries. We urge the new administration to revoke this absurd and unjustified decision.

Mr. President:
There is an urgent need for this forum to fulfill its mandate to negotiate multilateral disarmament treaties and to address nuclear disarmament as a priority.

Preserving disarmament and arms control agreements is crucial. We welcome the extension of START III by Russia and the United States.

We welcome the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, a true milestone in international efforts toward a world free of these weapons. Cuba is proud to have been the fifth country to ratify it.

At the same time, I am pleased to announce that we have already deposited the document of ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty on February 4.

Mr. President:
We reiterate the full validity of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by the Heads of State and Government of the entire region. A world of justice, dignity and peace is possible if cooperation among States prevails, International Law is observed and the rights of people to peace, development and justice are respected.

The words of the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz are still valid today and I quote: "Cease the philosophy of dispossession and the philosophy of war will cease" (end of quote).
Thank you very much

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