New Concurrent Cuban Ambassador Presents Credentials in Samoa
SAMOA, April 18, 2012.- As part of a solemn ceremony presented her Credentials to the Deputy Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa, H. E. Mr. Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, the new Ambassador of Cuba concurrent in that country, Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro, resident in New Zealand.
In her words, the Cuban diplomat stressed the good relations between Cuba and Samoa and the convergence in the positions of both countries for peace, disarmament, development and environmental protection. In this context, she referred to the degradation of living conditions on the planet as a result of global warming, and the existence of nuclear weapons, as the main challenges to the survival of humankind, highlighting the membership of both countries to International Instruments establishing Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zones, in the case of Cuba to the Tlatelolco Treaty, banning these weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the case of Samoa to the Treaty of Rarotonga endorsing the Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in the South Pacific.
At the same time, the Ambassador of Cuba welcomed the continued support provided by Samoa to the Cuban resolution against the blockade in the framework of the UN General Assembly. "This position shows clearly Samoa’s strong commitment to the United Nations Charter and International Law, as well as its rejection of unilateral measures whose extraterritorial character undermines the sovereignty of States”, said the Cuban representative.
On his part, while sending cordial greetings to President Raul Castro, the Deputy Head of State referred to the development of bilateral relations and agreed that both nations shared common positions on crucial issues affecting small developing island states, namely, climate change and disarmament. He highlighted Samoa’s support for the sovereignty of States and the development and welfare of its people "as evident through Samoa’s continuous support towards the United Nations resolution entitled "Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba, '"he said.
(Cubaminrex/Embacuba New Zealand)