Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba has learned with deep concern, the statement made on August 31 by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in which he announced his decision to take military action against Syria.
Without leaving any room for the ongoing attempts to reach a political solution to the conflict, or presenting any evidence and with total disregard of the opinions of many countries, including some of its major allies, and the United Nations, the President of the United States has announced its determination to perform acts in violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations to cause more death and destruction and lead, inevitably, to the intensification of the conflict the Arab nation is going through.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba is calling on members of the Security Council to fulfill its mandate to prevent any breach of the peace and stop military intervention that threatens international security in this volatile region of the world.
Cuba considers that the General Assembly, the only UN body which represents all countries, is also responsible for the stopping of the aggression, especially when it is foreseeable that the Security Council, due to the predominance of the United States in that organ cannot make a decision. The Assembly, in exercising its powers, should meet urgently and take necessary measures.
The Secretary General of the United Nations should become directly involved in preventing acts that the President of the United States described as almost inevitable facts. It would be his job to make urgent and vigorous diplomatic efforts with the U.S. government to try to save the overwhelming responsibility of his office towards peace and global stability.
The Group of 20 will meet in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 5-6. That instance, with the participation of many of the world leaders could not avoid the obligation to discuss with the President of the United States the current situation and to take concrete action in this regard.
If the truth wasn’t being hid from the American people and it wasn’t constantly inundated with biased, manipulated and incomplete information, they, who in successive wars from Vietnam to date has suffered the death of tens of thousands of its youngsters, would not remain indifferent to a new conflagration that will produce greater loss of life and, eventually reclaim its responsibility from corrupt politicians and mendacious media.
The question now arises of what will the U.S. Congress do when it resumes its session on September 9 and have to decide between the start of a new war and the preservation of international peace, between life and death.
If, like the British Parliament, it rejects the attempts of aggression announced by the President, it will have made a surprising and valuable contribution to world peace and questioned their country’s political system. If approved, it will have to bear the consequences in the relentless history records.
Cuba also appeals to the opinion leaders of the United States and the world to keep the law of the jungle from prevailing over sanity, prevent illegal and illegitimate attacks to be launched against other countries, and attempt to supplant diplomacy with war.
Cuba also calls upon the pacifist, religious, youth and students, workers, artists and intellectuals, social movements, progressive forces leaders and all those who reject the war, to mobilize to oppose the decision of the President of the United States to attack the Arab nation.
The Foreign Ministry also calls for preservation of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria and the right to self-determination of his people, and the promotion of the resolution of conflict through diplomatic channels without further bloodshed.
Source: Cuban News Agency