The delegation of Cuba endorses the statement delivered by the delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Our country, in defending its independence and sovereignty, has suffered the consequences of appalling terrorist acts, organized, financed and carried out from abroad, resulting in the loss of 3,478 lives and 2,099 disabled persons. Most of these acts have been organized, financed or allowed by the United States Government and committed by people under its control and protection.
Having been victims of State terrorism for decades has strengthened Cuba's principled position and unwavering will against terrorism, again endorsed by the newly adopted Constitution of the Republic.
Cuba repudiates and condemns all terrorist acts, methods and practices in all their forms and manifestations, by whomever, against whomever, wherever committed and whatever their motivations may be, including State terrorism.
We reiterate that the Cuban revolutionary government has never allowed, nor will it ever permit, its national territory to be used for carrying out, planning or financing terrorist acts against any other State, with no exception.
We condemn the harmful and illegal practice, in violation of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, by some States that fund, support or promote terrorist and subversive acts intended to undermine the constitutional order of other States, to impose "regime changes" and to spread messages of intolerance and hatred against other peoples, cultures or political systems. To this end, they even resort to the misuse and abuse of modern information and communication technologies as a tool to misrepresent and manipulate reality with a view to impose their interests.
In this context, we reiterate our strongest condemnation of the sabotage of Venezuela’s electrical system. This is a terrorist act intended to harm the unprotected population of an entire nation, who are used as hostages in the unconventional war unleashed by the United States against the legitimate government presided over by comrade Nicolás Maduro Moros and the Civil-Military Union of the Bolivarian and Chavista people.
In addition, the international community cannot accept that under the banner of an alleged fight against terrorism, some States commit acts of aggression, undermine national sovereignty, interfere in the internal affairs of other States, or flagrantly violate human rights and international humanitarian law.
We strongly reject double standards, political selectivity and unilateral acts by some States, seeking to certify behaviors and to draw up lists that are politically motivated and contrary to international law. This undermines the central authority of the United Nations General Assembly in the fight against terrorism.
Cuba reaffirms its commitment for further cooperation and active engagement in the efforts of the United Nations to combat the scourge of terrorism, in accordance with the purposes and principles of its Charter and international law, with the firm conviction on the leading role of the United Nations in this regard.
In fulfilling its commitment as a State Party to 18 international conventions on terrorism, Cuba has put in place legislative, institutional, administrative and other measures to prevent and punish all terrorist acts and activities, including those related to the financing of terrorism.
Cuba has a specific criminal law –Law 93 against Acts of Terrorism– to combat criminal acts of a terrorist nature. In addition, Cuban criminal legislation criminalizes money laundering and financing of terrorism.
The Cuban State has established a Coordinating Committee to prevent and fight the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as money laundering and its predicate offences. Likewise, the Central Bank of Cuba has a General Directorate for Investigation of Financial Operations, which operates as a Financial Intelligence Unit in charge of receiving, investigating and analyzing reports of suspicious transactions of financing terrorism.
With the incorporation of Cuba into the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT) in December 2012, the Central Bank of Cuba signed the "Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation" among GAFILAT member countries. As part of this mechanism, Cuba has signed 19 cooperation agreements on financial intelligence and participates in the Asset Recovery Network.
Cuba's commitment and institutional capacity to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism was recognized by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in 2014. Our country has been included in the global network of financial intelligence units since 2015, when Cuba became a member of Egmont Group.
Finally, we wish to reiterate that the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations requires a comprehensive approach through direct confrontation, prevention and concrete actions to eradicate its root causes. Providing international assistance and cooperation is essential in order to create and strengthen capacities in the fight against terrorism.
Cuba has demonstrated with practical examples its permanent willingness to engage in bilateral and multilateral cooperation with any State in the prevention and confrontation of international terrorism, at all times on the basis of mutual respect and in keeping with the norms of international law.
Thank you very much