Participation of Cuba in the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States on the United Nations Programme of Action against Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.
From 14 to 18 June 2010, the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States to review the implementation of the UN Programme of Action to prevent, combat and eliminate illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects was held.
Cuba has fully supported, and will continue to support, the Programme of Action, the provisions of which it strictly complies. From that perspective, our country actively engaged in the Fourth Biennial Meeting, by presenting a considerable number of proposals that remained in the final documents adopted.
Among other items, the Meeting reviewed international cooperation and assistance in this area, the action against illicit trade in small arms and light weapons accross the borders, the strengthening of the follow-up mechanism of the Programme of Action, and the implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons adopted by the UN General Assembly.
Cuba upholds the legitimate rights of States to manufacture, import, and retain small arms and light weapons for their legitimate self-defense needs, under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations. Likewise, we call for the adoption of effective measures to prevent and combat illicit traffic in arms and weapons, and to stop their use by those who perpetrate criminal and terrorist acts.
For over 50 years, the people of Cuba has been victim of the use of illicit arms by individuals and terrorist organizations that have perpetrated acts of aggression against our country. As a result of these barbaric acts, 3,478 people have died and 2,099 have been injured.
Our country has adopted all necessary measures at the national level to prevent and combat illicit trade in arms and weapons. On 2 December 2008, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba adopted the important Decree-Law 262 on arms and ammunition, regulating all aspects concerning possession, use, import, and export of small arms and light weapons.
Cuba stresses the need to promote international assistance and cooperation as a key element for all countries to achieve progress towards the full implementation of the Programme of Action. At the Fourth Biennial Meeting, Cuba reiterated its will to cooperate with those States requesting it, in their efforts to prevent and combat illicit trade in arms and weapons in all its aspects.
Nueva York, 18 de junio de 2010