Permanent Mission to UN

Cuba, on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), reaffirmed the need to achieve nuclear disarmament.

New York, 26 September.- In a Statement delivered today in the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament, the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Ridríguez, on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), reaffirmed the urgent need of moving towards the priority objective of nuclear disarmament and the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

The Cuban Minister reiterated the deep concern of CELAC’s members about the threat to humanity posed by the continuous existence of nuclear weapons and their possible use or threat of use.

He also restated that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is a crime against humanity and a violation of international law, including international humanitarian law and the Charter of the United Nations.

The Cuban diplomat reaffirmed that the region attaches the highest priority to reach the complete and verifiable nuclear disarmament, and confirmed the pride of the region in being the first densely populated area in the world to be declared a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone (NWFZ), through the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco.

In like manner, he highlighted the importance that CELAC Member States actively participate in the development of concrete proposals to achieve nuclear disarmament. In this regard, he mentioned the commitment to join the international community’s efforts to advance the negotiation of a legally binding universal instrument banning nuclear weapons.

The Cuban representative conveyed CELAC’s call upon all States, especially Nuclear Weapons States, to eliminate the role of all nuclear weapons in their doctrines, security policies and military strategies, in order to attain the complete elimination of these weapons.

He likewise reminded that in the founding Summit of CELAC, Heads of State and Government approved a Special Communiqué on the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, according to the commitment of the countries of the region in support of a world free of nuclear weapons.

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