Cuba demands Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons at UN-Geneva

Geneva, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuba”s mission at United Nations headquarters in Geneva has called today to raise public awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons and the need for their total elimination on the planet.

In a communique issued on the occasion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the diplomatic representation encouraged the United Nations system, civil society, academics, parliamentarians, the media and individuals to take appropriate actions to commemorate this date.

According to the text, the existence of nuclear weapons and their possible use or threat of use is a serious threat to humanity.

‘Nuclear disarmament is an international priority and deserves attention at the highest possible level,’ since ‘the only absolute guarantee against the use or threat to use those weapons is its prohibition and total elimination,’ the press release added.

The statement stressed that Latin America and the Caribbean is the first densely populated region on the planet established as a nuclear-weapon-free zone under the Treaty of Tlatelolco.

It is also the first region of the world formally proclaimed as a ‘Zone of Peace’, in accordance with the Proclamation adopted by the heads of State and Government during the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States held in Havana in January 2014.

The Cuban diplomatic mission noted that the struggle for a world free of nuclear weapons has also been promoted by the Non-Aligned Movement, an objective ratified at its 17th Summit, held in Isla Margarita, Venezuela.

Cuba welcomed the adoption in July of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which it described, as ‘a milestone in the history of the United Nations in favor of the general and complete disarmament.’

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