New York, 22 October 2020. Cuba participated in the General Debate of the Fourth Committee of the United Nations, where it stated its position on the various topics discussed in that context.
Ambassador Humberto Rivero Rosario, representative of Cuba to this international organization who participated in the session, reaffirmed the role of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, as the only UN forum with a mandate to comprehensively consider the issue of PKOs in all its aspects. He stressed that the principles of impartiality, consent of the parties and non-use of force, except for the cases of self-defense, must continue to guide the work of the PKOs.
He reiterated that the primary responsibility of protecting civilians in those countries where PKOs are carried out rests with the host State. At the same time, he rejected the manipulation of issues related to the protection of civilians and human rights in general, for the purposes of achieving political objectives and interfering in the internal affairs of States.
In connection with outer space, Rivero Rosario reiterated Cuba´s opposition to its militarization and he urged to strengthen the applicable legal framework with the adoption of a multilateral treaty for the prevention and prohibition of the placement of weapons in outer space.
We advocate the legitimate right of all states to have access to outer space on equal footing and without any discriminatory whatsoever and to benefit from cooperation, he stated; while denouncing that the creation of the U.S. Armed Forces Space Command constitutes a serious threat to the security of all and to the future of humanity.
During the last minutes of his statement, Rivero Rosario commended the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and its staff; and he regretted the precarious situation in which the Agency finds itself, as a result of the withdrawal of the financial support by United States.
He states that the aggressive, unilateral and unwarranted actions of the United States in the Middle East severely undermine the legitimate interests of the Arab and Islamic nations and lead to a dangerous escalation in the region.
Cuba supports a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, on the basis of two-State solution, which allows the Palestinians the right to self-determination, to have a free, independent and sovereign State, with its capital in East Jerusalem and with the pre-1967 borders; as well as the right to the return of the refugees.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations