Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs calls for NAM unity

New York, 9 October 2020. The Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, participated today in the ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), held online during under the 75 period session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he called to strengthen the unity of the organization which brings together the largest number of countries in the world.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba pointed out that 65 years after the Bandung Principles, which gave rise to the Movement, they remain in full force and are increasingly relevant, in which described as a more and more dangerous international scenario.

He explained how the leading economic, military and technological power of today´s world disregards multilateral organizations and agreements, violates international law and the Charter of the United Nations and threatens international peace and security with its aggressive and arrogant behavior. He underscored that the US aspirations of domination and hegemony are being renewed and intensified, for which it stirs up conflicts and unleashes wars based on humanitarian pretexts or on a supposed fight against terrorism.

In addition, he denounced that we face a continuous modernization of nuclear weapons and an increase in military expenditures; instead of earmarking more resources to sustainable development; while the irrational production and consumption patterns of capitalism destroy the ecological balance of the planet.

He pointed out that today´s world shows a widening gap between North and South. In 2019, world’s richest 1 percent had more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people.

Rodríguez Parrilla also expressed that the legitimate right to development is limited by the imposition of unilateral coercive measures, in a context where the global economic situation is critical and is aggravated by the devastating effects of COVID-19, whose greatest burden falls on the underdeveloped world.

Likewise, he called for the cancellation of external debt which suffocates underdeveloped countries, especially in the midst of the pandemic, describing it as unpayable and uncollectable.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

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