76 UNGA: Statement by the delegation of Cuba on Item 111: “Measures to eliminate international terrorism”. New York, 5 October 2021

Mr. Chairman,

First and foremost, we would like to congratulate you and the members of the Bureau on your election and to assure you of Cuba's full cooperation and support for the development of a fruitful seventy-sixth session of the Sixth Committee.

We thank the Secretary-General for presenting his report A/76/201.

Cuba's vigorous action and condemnation of terrorism is absolute and categorical against all terrorist acts, methods and practices, in all their forms and manifestations by whomever, against whomever and wherever they are committed, regardless of their motivations, including those in which Governments are directly or indirectly involved.

Terrorism cannot and should not be linked to any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group. The fight against this scourge must be holistic, through direct actions aimed also at prevention in order to eradicate its root causes.

 We strongly reject the manipulation of such a sensitive issue as international terrorism to turn it into an instrument of politics against any country.

Cuba considers that the harmful practice by certain States of financing, supporting or promoting subversive acts of "regime change", as well as messages of intolerance and hatred against other peoples, cultures or political systems, through the use of modern information and communications technologies, such as the US political-communication campaign against Cuba, violates the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

Cuba reiterates its strong condemnation of the unilateral acts of certain States that arrogate to themselves the right to certify behaviors and draw up politically motivated lists, which are also contrary to international law, since such acts undermine the central authority of the General Assembly in fighting terrorism.

The international community cannot accept that, under the banner of a supposed fight against terrorism, certain States carry out acts of aggression, directly or indirectly against sovereign peoples, and commit flagrant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba reaffirms the value of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the primary responsibility of States to implement it in a transparent manner. Cuba supports multilateral efforts aimed at consolidating the central role of the UNGA in the implementation of the aforementioned Strategy.

With regard to the negotiations of its Seventh Review, we regret that there has not been the political will required to address issues of special relevance in the current international context, such as the use of unilateral mechanisms to intimidate or overthrow legitimate governments based on political agendas.

Mr. Chairman,

Cuba commends the work of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office and the leadership of Mr. Vladimir Voronkov. In this regard, we congratulate him on the holding of the Second United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, which took place last June.

Cuba also thanks the Secretariat for holding the virtual event for the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism.

Cuba, in defending its independence, sovereignty and dignity, has suffered for decades the consequences of terrorist acts, which have taken 3,478 lives and injured 2,099 persons.

Forty-five years after the mid-air explosion off the coast of Barbados of an aircraft of the Cubana de Aviación airline that caused the death of 73 people, Cubans are outraged that justice has still not been done for the victims of this horrendous crime.

We strongly condemn once again the terrorist attack against our Embassy in Paris on 28 July, which was the result of the brutal campaign of incitement to hatred, violence and hostile acts unleashed with total impunity on social networks and digital platforms from the territory of the United States, in what constitutes an open violation of the norms of international law and the Charter of the United Nations. It is further recalled that just over a year ago, the Cuban Embassy in Washington was the victim of another terrorist attack in which an individual fired 32 shots from a semi-automatic rifle against the diplomatic headquarters, endangering the lives of ten officials who were in the premises, without there having been a pronouncement from the US government on the matter.

Acts of this nature cannot be tolerated with impunity, and the international community and the United Nations must express their strongest rejection of these actions.

Finally, we reiterate our support for the adoption of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism to overcome the existing legal loopholes in the definition of terrorism, which is imperative to fill the gaps and omissions in the current legal framework.

To this end, we favor the convening of an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations to provide an organized response to the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Thank you.