New York, 18 October 2021.Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Yuri Gala López, participated today at the combined thematic debate of the First Committee on other disarmament measures and international security, regional disarmament and disarmament machinery, reiterating Cuba’s commitment to general and complete disarmament, in particular nuclear disarmament, while advocating the adoption of others disarmament and international security measures.
Gala stated that legally binding instruments are needed to prohibit the militarization of outer space and cyberspace and fully autonomous lethal weapons; to regulate partially autonomous weapons and military strike drones; to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention; and to provide effective security assurances to non-nuclear-weapon States.
In addition, he expressed Cuba's commitment to the Open-ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies for the period 2021-2025.
At another point in his speech, the Cuban diplomat condemned the use of new information technologies and other digital platforms to promote falsities about the Cuban reality, destabilize, discredit the country and justify the doctrine of "regime change", a recipe from the handbooks of unconventional warfare to which the US government earmarks multimillion-dollar funds and rejected the Cuba Internet Task Force, which violates internationally agreed norms in this area.
The Cuban Ambassador demanded the immediate end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, which limits the access, use and enjoyment of information and communications technologies for the well-being of the Cuban population.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations