Press Release: Cuba promotes the prompt entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

New York, 30 August 2017.During her intervention at the commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo, called for the prompt entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which will provide for a legally binding framework for the destruction and total elimination of such weapons in an irreversible and verifiable manner and prohibit trials of any kind.

In the same scenario, she encouraged the international community to take responsibility for creating a collective conscience to understand and opposse the threat posed by nuclear weapons and to work for a world free from such weapons, for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Cuban representative reiterated Cuba's profound concern about the existence of nuclear weapons and the threat these weapons pose to the survival of the human species, and recalled the devastating consequences for humans and the environment of the use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

To Cuba, the limited number of denunciations concerning the implementation of programs to modernize nuclear weapons and the increased number of subsequent tests by nuclear-weapon States, is alarming. She therefore reiterated that nuclear weapons and the testing of such weapons are contrary to the nuclear disarmament regime, the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Rodríguez Camejo reaffirmed that for Cuba, the total elimination of nuclear weapons remains the priority in the area of disarmament.

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations.