71 AGNU: Statement by the Cuban Ambassador to the UN at the Security Council open debate entitled Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

Mr. President,

Our country reaffirms its unwavering determination to combat terrorism and expresses its firm rejection and condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever their motivations, including State terrorism.

In compliance with the 18 international conventions on terrorism to which Cuba is a State Party, our country has taken significant legal actions such as Law 93 against acts of terrorism.

The Cuban people has experienced firsthand the consequences of terrorist acts organized, funded and implemented from abroad, with a toll of 3.478 deaths and 2.099 disabled people.

The Government of Cuba has never allowed, nor will it ever allow for its national territory to be used to carry out, mastermind, encourage, conceal or finance terrorist acts against any other State, without any exceptions.

Mr. President,

Our country endorses the adoption of a comprehensive convention on terrorism and supports the convening of an international conference, under the auspices of the United Nations, which provides a multilaterally concerted response to terrorism. We reject and condemn double standards and selectivity in dealing with this issue.

The fight against terrorism cannot be used as a pretext for meddling and interventionism, aggression, or violation of international law and human rights

We are calling for the cessation of funding, provision of equipment, training and weapons, as well as any support of terrorist groups.

Mr. President,

In light of the militarization of outer space, the proliferation of cybercrimes and cyber terrorism, it is increasingly urgent for States to ensure that information and communications technologies, Internet, television, radio and other components of their critical infrastructure are not used by terrorist groups.

As a result of the growing interconnectivity, the essential information infrastructures are currently exposed to an ever greater and more diverse number of threats and vulnerabilities posing new security problems. The use of the new information and telecommunications technologies by state and non-state actors,for purposes that are inconsistent with international peace and security, is a serious problem requiring the effort of all States.

The covert and illegal use of computer systems of other nations by individuals, organizations and States to attack third countries can potentially generate severe conflicts. Concerted cooperation among all States to achieve cyber security and protect critical infrastructures in supporting the national efforts  to improve human capabilities, creating more learning and employment opportunities, developing public services and raising the quality of living of its people, is the only way to prevent and counter these threats.

It is crucial to achieve a legally binding international instrument within the system of the United Nations that regulates the use of ICTs and ensures its utilization in accordance with International Law and, particularly with the United Nations Charter.

Thank you very much.