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Press Release. Cuban Ambassador champions the full respect for the purposes and principles of the Charter

New York, United Nations, 15 February 2016
- During the Open Debate  held by the United Nations Security Council on item: “Respect for the Principles and Purposes of the United Nations Charter as a Key Element for the Maintenance of International Peace and Security”, the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, stressed the need for the full respect for the sovereign equality of States, the peaceful settlement of international disputes, political independence and the political, economic, social and cultural system that nations have freely chosen for themselves and rejection of the threat or use of force against other State.

The Cuban Diplomat recalled the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Havana in January 2014, where the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as Zone of Peace was solemnly adopted; “a document of historical significance which is also fully valid for the relationships of the region with other countries in the world,” he added.

In like manner, he expressed the rejection of all destabilizing actions against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which deliberately violate the required Rule of Law in the international relations, as well as the interfering actions against Ecuador, Bolivia and other nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This Security Council Open Debate was convened by Venezuela in its capacity as Chair of this Organ for the month of February. The debate was chaired by the Foreign Minister of that country, Ms. Delcy Rodríguez.

The debate had a broad participation of Member States that called for the respect for the purposes and principles of the Charter; likewise, they endorsed the full validity of the document.

The opening remark was delivered by Secretary-General Ban Ki moon, who underlined violence and conflicts as elements affecting the sovereignty of States. He also stressed the importance of the respect for the Charter and its principles and urged to eliminate geo-political rivalries and other external dynamics in the Council’s Agenda.

As part of the activities of Venezuela’s chairmanship, at the end of the day in the General Assembly Plenary, a concert was offered by Venezuela’s Simón Bolivar Orchestra, directed by Conductor Alfredo Dudamel.

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