Representative of Cuba to the United Nations rejects manipulation of the fight against terrorism by the United States

New York, 7 October 2020. Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d´Affaires a.i. of Cuba to the United Nations participated today in the debate of Agenda Item 114 “Measures to eliminate international terrorism” of the Sixth Committee of the United Nations. In said event, she strongly rejected the manipulation of an issue as sensitive as international terrorism to turn it into a political instrument against any country; and denounced unilateral acts and mechanisms of certain States, such as the US, that claim to be in the right to draw up politically motivated lists, contrary to international law, which undermine the central authority of the UNGA in combating this scourge.

The diplomatic condemned the arbitrary and unilateral inclusion of Cuba in the list of countries that supposedly do not fully cooperate in the fight against terrorism, which is prepared by the Department of State of the United States. Additionally, she expressed that with this action, which disregards the existing bilateral agreements with Havana for cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Washington seeks defamation and coercion of countries that refuse to abide by the will of the US government in their sovereign decisions.

Likewise, she stated that Cuba´s vigorous action and condemnation of terrorism is absolute and categorical against all terrorist acts, methods and practices, in all forms and manifestations by whomsoever, against whomever and wherever committed, regardless their motivation, including those in which governments are directly or indirectly involved.

Rodríguez Abascal reiterated that terrorism cannot and should not be linked to any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group. The fight against terrorism must be addressed in a holistic manner, through direct actions also aimed at prevention in order to eradicate its root causes, she said.

The official reiterated her country´s support and commitment to the adoption of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism to overcome existing legal loopholes in its definition.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations

 

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