By: Juventud Rebelde
2011-03-01 | 14:39:01 EST
GENEVA, March 1.— Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez addressed the UN Conference on Disarmament taking place in Geneva, underlining a proposal by the Non-Aligned Movement that establishes a concrete calendar for the gradual reduction of nuclear arms leading to their elimination by 2025.
The proposal includes the creation of a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zones, and calls for the establishment of these zones in the Middle East, where Israel is the only country against them, he said.
“Achieving this would constitute a genuine contribution to ending the risk of wars and the proliferation of nuclear arms. It would also help obtain a lasting peace in that region, which is going through a series of tense situations and facing the danger of a NATO military intervention in Libya,” Rodriguez said.
“The only way to guarantee that nuclear arms can no longer be used by the United States or any other country is by banning and eliminating them. This should also be extended to include state-of-the-art conventional weapons that are similarly destructive,” Rodriguez said.
The diplomat also said it is imperative to end the political manipulation of the issue of non-proliferation based on double standards and political interests. At another point in his address, the Cuban Foreign minister noted that Cuba supports the implementation of a Working Programme at the Disarmament Conference. Regarding this topic he said that Cuba has repeatedly stated that it is ready to negotiate a binding agreement that bans and eliminates nuclear arms.