New York, 21 September 2020. On the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, multilateralism and international law are being threatened by the greatest power in the world. The US irresponsible behavior is the biggest threat to international peace and security. It instigates conflicts, non-conventional and trade wars and imposes severe unilateral coercive measures and it squanders, in its arms race, resources that are indispensable for the sustainable development of our peoples, while refusing to cooperate to confront the multiple crises generated by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, denounced Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, during the UNGA High-Level Meeting marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba explained how Washington ignores important agreements in the areas of environmental protection, disarmament and arms control, and withdraws from international fora such as the World Health Organization, UNESCO or the Human Rights Council. He stated that the world power interferes in the internal affairs of tens of UN Member States and threatens those it accuses of influencing its corrupt electoral system; using fear and repeated lies in its dishonest media and misinformation strategy.
At the same time, he affirmed that the United States prevents a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has been historically called for by this Organization; denies the people of Puerto Rico their right to self-determination and independence and undermines the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace by reviving the Monroe Doctrine.
Rodríguez Parrilla urged all Member States to reaffirm the commitment to the principles of international law and the strengthening of multilateralism, cooperation with international bodies and the empowerment of this General Assembly. He exhorted them to multiply cooperation and solidarity. He called for the building of a democratic, just and sustainable international order.
The Republic of Cuba is one of the 51 founding members of the UN, having signed the Charter of the United Nations on 26 June 1945. It deposited its ratification in October the same year.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations