United Nations, Oct 7.- Cuba warned today to the UN General Assembly of serious threats that endanger humankind, and demanded commitment to face them.
“Humankind is literally between life and death, facing serious threats…” said Cuban Ambassador to the UN Rodolfo Reyes in his speech in a plenary to discuss Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s report on the organization’s work.
The Cuban diplomat noted that nearly 70 years after the creation of the UN, the planet and its 7.20 billion inhabitants are facing the threats of nuclear weapons, climate change, serious epidemics that spread quickly, and aggressions against the peoples’ sovereignty and self-determination.
Nothing can justify that 25 years after the end of the Cold War was proclaimed, we continue under threat by over 16,000 nuclear weapons, a fourth of which are ready to be used immediately, said Reyes, who ratified his country’s stand that the only way to free humankind from this threat is the total ban and elimination of such lethal weapons, the devastating effect of which were suffered in 1945 by the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese cities hit by the atomic bomb thrown by the United States.
Reyes said that the General Assembly has the responsibility to mobilize the necessary financial resources to overcome all those problems. (Prensa Latina)