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The statements by several Latin American leaders took place at the high-level meeting for the total elimination of nuclear weapons of the General Assembly.
At the United Nations (UN), several Latin American countries renewed on Tuesday their call for the total prohibition of nuclear weapons, 75 years after the General Assembly of that organization made its first pronouncement on the matter.
In his speech, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres recalled the antiquity of this demand, which in the decades that followed, countries ignored the logic of assured destruction and, instead, engaged in what he called a dangerous competition.
Guterres said that 76 years after the use of atomic weapons against civilian populations, the objectives of that historic 1946 resolution must still be achieved because these weapons are not yesterday's problem; they are still today's threat.
Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero said that Argentina considers it essential that countries comply with their obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and relevant safeguards agreements, without reservations and in good faith.
For his part, his Venezuelan counterpart, Félix Plasencia, recalled that Caracas considers that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty remains the cornerstone of the disarmament regime.
Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Felix Plasencia at the High-Level Plenary Meeting to promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: "The complete elimination of nuclear weapons is the only guarantee against their potential use." pic.twitter.com/YgxVwiZLjO
For his part, the president of the 76th session of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, welcomed the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on January 22, 2021. He also urged the Member States that have not yet ratified the Treaty since universal adherence to it is essential for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Statement by Cuba at the High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. New York, September 28, 2021.https://t.co/tgfo3vCJ7m
Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, denounced that while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to generate a crisis with multiple and devastating effects, the United States and its allies are adopting more aggressive nuclear doctrines and modernizing and expanding their arsenals.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Special Session for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: "The shadows of the cold war have haunted us for generations." pic.twitter.com/4s4oSX73lk