The Guardian April 7, 1999


Mobilise against the aggression

Permanent Representative of Republic of Cuba, Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez 
Parrilla, 3989th session of UN Security Council (March 26)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba strongly condemns 
this US-led NATO aggression against Yugoslavia, and denounces the dark 
maneouvres that led to such uncivilised practices continuing to prevail in 
the international political arena for the purpose of satisfying the 
interests of those who insist on imposing their designs on every state on 
the planet, in the name of a new and ignominious world order...

At this moment of grief and pain for the peoples of Yugoslavia, Cuba calls 
on the international community to mobilise its efforts to immediately put 
an end to this unjustified aggression and to prevent new and more 
regrettable losses of innocent lives, allowing this nation to retake the 
peaceful path of negotiation toward a settlement of its internal problems, 
something that depends solely and exclusively on the sovereign will and 
self-determination of the Yugoslav peoples.

Cuba expresses its concern on the aggression's possibility of unpredictably 
spreading the conflict to other states in the region, both because of the 
expansion of violence and because of its convulsive social and human 
effects.

Continuing along this path could lead to an unpredictable outcome for 
Europe and for all humankind.

We are living in a shameful time of breach of international legality.

It is further proof that when the Security Council does not yield to the 
unipolar might ... the superpower  which does not accept lack of 
discipline on the part of its subjects  acts on its own account.

The areas of aerial exclusion, the missiles in Kabul, in Jartum, in 
Tripoli, in Bagdad, in Bengasi, and now in Pristine, Pancevo, and 
elsewhere, remind us of the harsh realities of "global disorder".

What will the Security Council  or at least its remains, after this vote 
 do in the future? What will be the fate of the United Nations?

The United Nations, instead of developing as the emerging government of a 
global democracy, in a global and united world, will merely be a repressive 
instrument of the powerful ... if we do not occupy our own place. 

No one can forget in these tragic circumstances, in which the destiny of us 
all is at stake, the historic contribution of Serbia during World War II, 
when her people, most heroically, fought against the Nazi hordes in 
occupied Europe.

It must be recalled, here and now  because it is a fact , that these 
are the bitter fruits of a conspiracy to destroy the former Yugoslavia; and 
that is what is at the root of this conflict and of the grave events that 
we are living. 

Bombs are not the path to peace. War is no solution to humanitarian 
problems. History teaches us that only negotiation can build peace.

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