Cuba maintains its position in favor of the total elimination of nuclear weapons

New York, 2 August 2022.- “It is unacceptable that nuclear-weapon States use the resources that should be directed to addressing the multidimensional effects of COVID-19 and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, to continue to develop new types of nuclear weapons, as well as increasing and modernizing their stockpiles; in violation of their reduction commitments. They are thus contributing to an accelerated vertical proliferation, contrary to their obligations under the NPT, in particular Article VI.”; stated today Cuba at the 10th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) General Debate, which is being held from 1 to 4 August at the New York UN Headquarters.

The Cuban representative, Ambassador Yuri Gala López, Chargé d´affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations, who spoke on behalf of the island, called for casting aside military postures and doctrines based on nuclear deterrence, strategic stability, or the need to "lay down the conditions for nuclear disarmament". The only sustainable solution to the existential problem posed by nuclear weapons is their total elimination, in a transparent, irreversible and verifiable manner, he underscored.

In addition, Gala López expressed that political manipulation, selectivity and double standards regarding non-proliferation must cease; and that the demands of non-possessor States for irreversible security safeguards against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, through a legally binding, universal and unconditional instrument, must be addressed.

Fifty-two years since the NPT came into force, twenty-one years after the adoption of the Thirteen Practical Steps and eleven years since the launch of the Action Plan for Nuclear Disarmament, we regret the lack of concrete progress in terms of nuclear disarmament, particularly, the non-compliance with the obligations and commitments undertaken by the nuclear-weapon states, pointed out the Cuban diplomat.

(Cubaminrex-Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations)