Cuba warns U.S. attack on Iraq will destroy United Nations

Fred Feldman ffeldman at
Sun Sep 15 10:02:30 MDT 2002

Cuba Warns U.S. Attack on Iraq Would Destroy U.N.
Last Updated: September 14, 2002 04:20 PM ET

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Cuba warned the international
community on Saturday that a U.S. attack on Iraq would deal
a death blow to multilateralism and the United Nations

"Refraining from telling the truth out of cowardice or
political calculation is not characteristic of Cuban
revolutionaries. Therefore Cuba hereby states that it
opposes a new military action against Iraq," Cuban Foreign
Minister Felipe Perez Roque told the U.N. General Assembly.

If Washington attacked Iraq, after "imposing it on the
Security Council or deciding upon it unilaterally in
opposition to international public opinion, we will bear
witness to the emergence of the century of unilateralism and
the forced retirement of the United Nations organization,"
Perez said.

Cuba, a member of the 15-nation Security Council when Iraq
invaded Kuwait a dozen years ago, voted against a November
1990 council resolution authorizing force to expel Iraqi
troops from the neighboring emirate.

The United States and the communist-run Caribbean island
have been at loggerheads since 1959, when Fidel Castro and
his rebel army seized power. Washington broke off ties and
imposed a trade embargo that remains in place today.

President Bush, who wants a "regime change" in Baghdad, this
week called on the United Nations to force Iraq to disarm.
Bush on Saturday called on the world body to "show some
backbone" on Iraq but made clear he was prepared to confront
President Saddam Hussein with or without world support.

U.N. Security Council resolutions oblige Iraq to destroy all
its chemical, biological or nuclear weapons under the eye of
U.N. weapons inspectors, who have not been allowed back into
Iraq since they left the country in 1998 ahead of U.S. and
British bombing raids.

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