Cubaminrex, New York, 16 February 2021. Today, at the opening session of the Special Committee on the Charter, Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, declared her country´s support for the strengthening of the leading role of the General Assembly as the chief regulatory, deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the United Nations.
In her statement, Rodríguez Abascal expressed the relevance of the annual sessions of the Committee on the Charter of the Organization and items under its agenda that are confirmed in an international context in which, on a recurrent basis, some countries attempt to impose reinterpretations of the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations. All of this, she stated, in order to promote interventionist political agendas, to the detriment of the integrity and sovereignty of developing countries, and as a flagrant violation of the principles of international law.
Cuba also reiterated the validity and high legal value of the Manila Declaration on the peaceful settlement of international disputes as one of the main outcomes of this Committee, almost forty years after its adoption.
The diplomat highlighted that all actions carried out by the Committee are evidence of its remarkable role in the Organization, despite the continuous attempts by some Member States to hamper its work.
At the same time, the Cuban Ambassador invited everyone to engage in a constructive and genuine dialogue and to show true political will that allows moving forward on the long-standing issues in the agenda.