Cuba calls the prohibition and total elimination of cluster munitions.Return
Cuba calls the prohibition and total elimination of cluster munitions.
Geneva, September 5, 2016. Cuba denounced the indiscriminate and harmful effects of cluster munitions, which it described as incompatible weapons with the principles and rules of the International Humanitarian Law.
During the Sixth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, being held from September 5 to 7 in Geneva, the Head of the Department of Political Affairs of the Division of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Rodolfo Benitez, called to prohibit and eliminate these weapons that cause unacceptable harm to civilians long after the cessation of combat actions.
Benitez recalled that last April 6, Cuba formally deposited at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, its instrument of accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which will enter into force for the country on October 1. He said that the Cuban authorities are getting prepared to comply rigorously with all the provisions of the Convention.
The diplomat reiterated that Cuba advocates general and complete disarmament, including, first of all, nuclear weapons. War and violence cannot continue to be used unjustifiably as an instrument of foreign policy, he stressed.
Cuba's decision to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions is a new demonstration of the historical commitment of the Cuban State to multilateralism and the International Humanitarian Law. A total of 119 states have joined the Convention, of which 100 states are part of the same and 19 signatories. Cuba is also part of the major international treaties on disarmament and non-proliferation.
Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva