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“Let the philosophy of plunder disappear, and the philosophy of war will have disappeared.”

Geneva, 22 February 2021. ” The world’s situation is ever more dangerous and challenging. Now more than ever before, the very survival of the human species is at stake. International peace and security are being threatened by conflicts; predatory and non-conventional wars; acts of aggression and regime change attempts; and an arms race that is dilapidating enormous resources that are indispensable for the sustainable development of our peoples”,  expressed the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla during his speech today at the High-Level Segment of the UN Conference on Disarmament, which is taking place virtually in Geneva, Switzerland.

The numerous crises generated by the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed the fragility of a world where universal access to basic health services is not guaranteed, while nuclear arsenals are modernized and expanded and their role in the defense and security military doctrines that continue to threaten humanity has been strengthened, stressed the Minister.

The Cuban Foreign Minister urged the new U.S. administration to revoke the absurd and unwarranted decision by which the former President Donald Trump’s administration designated Cuba as a State sponsor of terrorism.

Referring to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which he described as a true milestone in international efforts to advance towards a world free of these weapons, he emphasized that Cuba is proud to have been the fifth country to ratify it.

The Cuban representative urged the Conference on Disarmament to uphold its mandate to negotiate multilateral treaties on disarmament and consider nuclear disarmament as a matter of priority.

He reiterated 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.

At the end of his speech, the Minister emphasized the validity of the words of the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, when he expressed: ” Let the philosophy of plunder disappear, and the philosophy of war will have disappeared”.

Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva

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