Cuba rejects using food as a resource of political pressure

Rome, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The permanent representative of Cuba to international organizations headquartered in Rome, Ambassador Jose Carlos Rodriguez, rejected on Wednesday using food as a resource of political pressure or in accordance with hegemonic interests.

Speaking on item five of the agenda of the annual meeting of the World Food Program (WFP), the Cuban diplomat noted that this is a practice contrary to both international and food laws.

It is the obligation of the member States and the UN to ensure that humanitarian aid is provided in accordance with the principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality, respecting intergovernmental legal instruments, especially those of the UN General Assembly, he recalled.

In its actions on the ground, in conjunction with other UN agencies, WFP must continue to promote compliance with the principles and purposes of the missions to fully address the challenges posed by humanitarian emergencies, Rodriguez warned.

Likewise, the ambassador appreciated the update report on the role of WFP in the context of collective humanitarian action and recognized the work of that United Nations agency in difficult contexts in which, sometimes, only its staff arrives to provide humanitarian aid. In that sense, Rodriguez indicated that his country fully understands the value of this endeavor, since for decades over 400,000 Cuban doctors, health technicians and nurses have provided emergency aid to dozens of nations on all continents in conflict situations, natural disasters or epidemics.


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