Permanent Mission to UN

Explanation of vote by Cuba under thematic Cluster 6 on Draft Resolution L.36: Consolidation of Peace through Practical Disarmament Measures. First Committee, New York, 28 October 2010.

Mr. Chairman,

The Cuban delegation will not oppose the consensus on draft resolution L.36 entitled: Consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures.

However, we consider necessary to place on record the following positions:

In preambular paragraph 10, welcoming the reports of Biennial Meetings of States to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, Cuba believes important to highlight the case of the Fourth Biennial Meeting, held last June. 

As explicitly indicated in paragraph 23, Section IV, of the Final Report of the Fourth Biennial Meeting, the arbitrary procedure used in that occasion to adopt the Final Report of the Meeting cannot constitute a precedent for meetings on the Programme of Action.

Cuba attaches the utmost importance to this assertion. In fact, the inclusion of such language enabled the adoption of the Final Report of the Fourth Biennial Meeting that, as we all know, could not be negotiated by the delegations in a transparent and inclusive manner.

Furthermore, my delegation wishes to stress that from operative paragraph 5 of this resolution, it can be interpreted that the General Assembly is giving a specific mandate to the Group of Interested States. This Group will be able to continue its discussions, on a completely informal basis, and must in no way interfere or double the process of intergovernmental deliberation and negotiation being held in the framework of the United Nations.

Thank you.

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