Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, at the High Level Meeting of the UNGA to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations

Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, at the High Level Meeting of the UNGA to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, September 21, 2020

Mr. Secretary General,

Mr. president,

Distinguished delegates:

On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, multilateralism and International Law are threatened by the world's greatest power. The irresponsible conduct of the United States is the greatest danger to international peace and security. It promotes conflicts, unconventional and commercial wars and imposes severe unilateral coercive measures and squanders - in its arms race - essential resources for the sustainable development of our peoples, while refusing to cooperate in the confrontation with the multiple crises generated by the devastating COVID- 19.

The United States is unaware of important agreements on the environment, disarmament, and arms control and abandons international forums such as the World Health Organization, UNESCO, or the Human Rights Council. It would appear that it is at war with the planet, its vital resources and its inhabitants. It prevents a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which this Organization has historically demanded. It proposes the so-called “Deal of the Century”, which threatens the future of the State of Palestine, on the pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital. Denies the people of Puerto Rico the right to self-determination and independence, when the Third International Decade for the Elimination of Colonialism is about to conclude.

It interferes in the internal affairs of dozens of UN member states and threatens those it accuses of influencing its corrupt electoral system. Fear and repeated lies are the new weapons in his dishonest media and disinformation strategy. It breaks the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, by reactivating the Monroe Doctrine.

Against Cuba, it raises its hostility to qualitatively higher levels. It systematically violates the human rights of the Cuban people, by intensifying the economic, commercial and financial blockade and its extraterritorial nature. It is the one that shamelessly attacks our medical cooperation and the governments that legitimately request it, thereby restricting the right to health of other nations; when it is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, which due to irresponsibility and electoral opportunism has cost the lives of almost 200 thousand of its citizens.

Mr. president:

75 years after having signed the Charter of the United Nations, it is urgent to reaffirm our commitment to the principles of International Law and the strengthening of multilateralism, cooperation with international organizations and the empowerment of this General Assembly. Let's multiply cooperation and solidarity. Let's build a democratic, fair and sustainable international order.

Thank you very much.

 

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