Letter dated 20 December 2006 from the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council regarding the meeting held today by the Security Council to hear the briefing by the Chairmen of the Security Council subsidiary bodies, in particular, the Chairmen of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999), the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) and the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004).
I have the honour to write to you regarding the meeting held today by the Security Council to hear the briefing by the Chairmen of the Security Council subsidiary bodies, in particular, the Chairmen of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999), the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) and the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004).
In view of the great importance that Cuba attaches to counter-terrorism issues, our country has regularly participated in Security Council meetings on this agenda item.
It was our intention to participate in the meeting today as well. However, we were informed by the Secretariat that this time a new format had been adopted for the meeting in which only the Chairmen of the relevant Committees would take the floor and therefore, countries wishing to make statements, like Cuba, would have no opportunity to do so.
The decision taken by the Security Council, with its typical capriciousness, to hold a debate in this limited format and not to allow the participation of interested countries confirms, once again, the need for urgent and thoroughgoing reform of the Council, including reform of its working methods.
Decisions such as this in no way contribute/help to promote the transparency and representativeness that should characterize the work of the Council, which, according to the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, must act on behalf of all Member States of the Organization.
The participation of Cuba and other interested States in the meeting today would have enabled the Security Council to take into account other views and considerations regarding issues that, by virtue of their implications, are of interest to all Member States. Such participation would have been even more relevant on this occasion, it being the final meeting of the Security Council this year on the work of its subsidiary bodies, which would have been an appropriate time to evaluate the overall results of 2006, at least on a preliminary basis.
Cuba is well aware that these arbitrary working methods that characterize the work of the Council have nothing whatsoever to do with the current Presidency of the State of Qatar. On the contrary, we admire and respect the active role Qatar has always played in favour of genuine reform of the Council. I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge, once again, the excellent work the State of Qatar has been doing as a member of the Security Council; it is a fitting representative of the legitimate interests of developing countries.
I should be grateful if you could have the present letter and its annex, which contains the statement Cuba planned to deliver at the meeting today on the work of the subsidiary bodies of the Council, circulated as a document of the Security Council.
(Signed) Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz
Annex to the letter dated 20 December 2006 from the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.
Statement which the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, planned to deliver at the Security Council meeting of Wednesday, 20 December 2006, on the work of its subsidiary bodies.
Allow me to congratulate you once again on the excellent work carried out by you and your team during your term as President of the Security Council in December.
I also wish to thank the Chairmen of the Committees established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999), resolution 1373 (2001) and resolution 540 (2004), for their briefing at this meeting.
This is the final Security Council meeting this year on the work of these three Committees. It is therefore a good time to assess the results of 2006, at least on a preliminary basis.
Cuba has been a faithful participant in these quarterly meetings. At each one, our delegation has provided details to the Security Council on terrorist acts against Cuba by a number of individuals and organizations with the complicit protection of the Government of the United States of America. This information was submitted in a timely fashion to the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council.
Nonetheless, neither the Counter-Terrorism Committee nor the Security Council seem to have taken any action thus far — not even to evaluate the information submitted — or to have initiated an investigation into the non-compliance by the United States with its obligations under a number of Security Council resolutions.
Once again, Cuba reiterates its request to the Security Council to carry out an evaluation of the information submitted, in, inter alia, documents S/2002/15, S/2004/753, S/2005/341 and S/2006/386. This would bolster efforts to end the impunity enjoyed in United States territory by those who have carried out and are still planning terrorist acts against Cuba.
Terrorism cannot be eliminated by condemning some terrorist acts while keeping silent about, tolerating or justifying others or by merely manipulating the issues to promote narrow political interests.
We reiterate that in Miami and other United States cities, funds are being provided and collected to carry out terrorist acts, bank accounts that finance terrorism are being operated openly and normally, terrorists are being recruited, and those who finance, plan and commit terrorist acts against Cuba are being allowed to acquire weapons and to use its territory.
Cuba has given the Security Council comprehensive and detailed information on the notorious international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. The United States persistently refuses to comply with its international obligation to bring him to justice or to extradite him to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, where he is wanted.
Posada Carriles is being detained in Texas on the simple charge of being an illegal immigrant, as the Government of the United States is refusing to try him for his terrorist actions. Various legal manoeuvres are under way that could end up setting him free. Cuba declares to the Security Council once again that if impunity prevails and this international terrorist is released, the responsibility will fall entirely on the Government of the United States.
The ramifications of terrorist activity against Cuba in United States territory seem to be limitless. Major United States media recently disclosed that the original records on the case of terrorist Posada Carriles, preserved for years in the records bureau of the offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Miami, were destroyed in 2003, by order of no less than Ed Pesquera, son of Hector Pesquera, former FBI Chief in South Florida who arrested five Cubans who were fighting terrorism, and of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office of South Florida.
The destruction of these documents comes on the heels of the announcement by the National Security Archives of George Washington University that the United States Government has refused to declassify a list of hundreds of confidential documents on terrorists Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles.
Fresh evidence of complicity by United States authorities with terrorist activities against Cuba came barely a few weeks ago when a Federal Court in Florida handed down a laughable sentence to terrorists Santiago Alvarez and Osvaldo Mitada, who helped Posada Carriles enter the United States on the vessel Santrina and who were discovered to have an illegal arsenal full of weapons and explosives they intended to use in terrorist actions against Cuba.
The judge publicly called these terrorists “patriots” and in imposing minimal penalties on them, expressed his sympathy with their attempts to use the weapons against the Cuban Government.
Rather than preventing and prosecuting terrorism against Cuba, the United States authorities are holding Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González in high-security United States prisons. These five young Cubans were only trying, with lofty altruism and valour, to obtain information on terrorist groups located in Miami in order to prevent their violent acts and save the lives of Cuban and United States citizens.
Our country, despite some arbitrary Security Council methods and decisions, will, as it has always done, continue to comply strictly with the resolutions it adopts, including those relating to the question of terrorism. We will maintain our cooperation in good faith with the subsidiary bodies of the Council responsible for these issues. At the same time, we hope that this body will take concrete action, without further delay, on the basis of the ample and detailed information submitted by Cuba.
Cuba has never allowed nor will it ever allow its territory to be used for terrorist actions against any State, without exception. We will continue to confront terrorism in all its forms and manifestations firmly, as we have always done.
I thank you.