Address to the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 26 September 2011
As early as the 21st of February, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz had warned that NATO was inexorably preparing a war against Libya. Since then, Cuba has indefatigably engaged in the defense not of a government but of a principle: it is unacceptable to murder thousands of innocent people with the dubious objective of protecting other civilians. History has eloquently shown that peace cannot be imposed either by war or by force.
It is up to the Libyan people alone to decide its destiny, without any foreign intervention, in the exercise of its right to self-determination and independence, its sovereignty over its natural resources and its territorial integrity.
The military intervention in Libya and the growing threat against Syria have been the opportunistic and defensive responses by the United States and Europe to the collapse of their system of domination and plunder in North Africa and the Middle East, the emergence of genuinely popular movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries, in order to secure huge reserves of oil and water and confiscate financial assets in times of global economic and social crisis.
It is the task of this General Assembly to exercise all its powers to prevent a military aggression against Syria. The public opinion must receive objective information and speak up against war.
Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla is the Foreign Minister of Cuba.
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