71 UNGA: Statement by the Cuban delegation at the exchange of views on the institutional arrangements of the instrument, United Nations Conference.

Madam Chair,

We reiterate our appreciation for conducting the work of this Conference.

With regard to the institutional arrangements of the legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination, the Cuban delegation would like to highlight, inter alia, the following elements:

·         The instrument should establish a mechanism to implement its provisions, including those relating to verification and performance; to provide a forum for consultation and cooperation among its States Parties and to facilitate their universalization.

·         We support that the instrument be subject to the ratification of a reasonable number of States for its entry into force, which should not be conditioned to the ratification of any particular State or groups of States.

·         The instrument should not accept reservations and should have an indefinite duration. Once it has entered into force, the instrument may be amended.

·         We support periodic meetings of the States Parties to the instrument.

We reiterate that Cuba considers that none of the provisions of the instrument will be construed as limiting or rendering ineffective the obligations of States under the Charter of the United Nations and existing instruments of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Thank you very much