United Nations, Sep 27 – The Non-Aligned Movement must remain united to face today´s global challenges and threats to sovereignty and peace, Cuba said Friday during a foreign ministers meeting of that bloc.
At the meeting, which took place within the framework of the 68th UN General Assembly, Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno said that the movement must hold high its founding principles of independence and peace.
The Non-Aligned Movement, founded in 1961, comprises 120 of the 193 UN member countries, states which are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.
The international situation is plagued with threats against the sovereignty and self-determination of nations, manifest in acts of aggression, the plunder of natural resources from the Third World, illegal occupations, and intervention in other country´s internal affairs, Moreno said.
“The use of interventionist policies and the manipulation of concepts such as the protection of civilians and the responsibility of protection to justify a lust for imperialist power and domination demonstrate that there is no solution other than preserving the unity of our movement,” he stated.
For Cuba, what is happening in Syria is an illustrative example of the use of current doctrines, such as threatening the use of force to protect supposed national security issues, he said.
The principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and nonintervention are inviolable, which is why Cuba opposes and will oppose any action involving force that violates the UN Charter and international law, Moreno said.
Also during his speech, Moreno denounced the intensification of the U.S. economic, commercial, and financial blockade against Cuba and said that the United States continues to usurp Cuban territory in Guantanamo, where it keeps a naval base and a prison notorious worldwide because of the torture of its inmates.
Source: Prensa Latina