US policies attack multilateralism, Cuba denounces

United Nations - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday condemned the policies promoted by US President Donald Trump, because they erode multilateralism and the aspirations for peace and security of many peoples.

Humankind's yearned right to live in peace and security, with justice and freedom, the foundation of the union of nations, is constantly threatened, Diaz-Canel said in a video message to the plenary of the United Nations General Assembly.

More than 1.9 trillion dollars are dilapidated at present in a senseless arms race based on the aggressive and warmongering policy of imperialism, whose maximum exponent is the current government of the United States, which is responsible for 38% of global military expenditures, Diaz-Canel noted.

We are talking about a markedly aggressive and morally corrupt regime, which despises and attacks multilateralism, and uses financial blackmail in its relation with the agencies of the United Nations system, the Cuban president denounced.

With an unprecedented arrogance, he added, the United States withdraws from the World Health Organization, UNESCO and the Human Rights Council.

Paradoxically, the country that hosts the UN headquarters, also moves away from fundamental international treaties, such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, condemns the consensual nuclear deal with Iran and promotes trade wars, Diaz-Canel stressed.

It also ends its commitment to international monitoring instruments in the sphere of disarmament, militarizes the cyberspace, multiplies coercion and unilateral sanctions against those who do not yield to its designs, and sponsors the overthrow by force of sovereign governments through non-conventional methods of warfare, he explained.

In that line of behavior, divorced from the old principles of peaceful coexistence and respect for the right of others to self-determination as a guarantor of peace, Washington manipulates cooperation with subversive ends in the sphere of democracy and human rights, the Cuban president pointed out.

But on its own territory, expressions of hatred, racism, police brutality and irregularities in the electoral system and citizens' right to vote proliferate practically without control, Diaz-Canel added.

The Cuban head of State noted that there is no way to sustain for a longer time an unequal, unfair and antidemocratic international order, which puts selfishness before solidarity and the petty interests of a powerful minority before the legitimate aspirations of millions.

Therefore, Diaz-Canel called for a reform of the United Nations that will allow the multilateral organization to respond to the demands and aspirations of the peoples.

This powerful organization can no longer delay its update and its democratization, because today's world needs the UN as much as that one in which it was born, the Cuban president added.

Despite dissatisfactions and demands for transformation that we request from the United Nations, he underlined, the Cuban Revolution will always defend the existence of the organization to which we owe the little but indispensable multilateralism that has survived imperial arrogance.

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