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Cuba Pleads at UN-Geneva for Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons



Geneva, Nov 16.- Cuba has advocated at the UN headquarters in Geneva for moving towards a legally binding instrument that bans lethal autonomous weapons, diplomatic sources reported today.

During his speech at the first session of the Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems, of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Havana ambassador here, Pedro Luis Pedroso, defended his country's stance in favor of prohibiting the use of these weapons.

'Adopting practical actions that allow progress, as quickly as possible, towards a legally binding instrument that prohibits lethal autonomous weapons has been fundamental for Cuba,' he said.

According to Pedroso, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons is the appropriate forum to negotiate and adopt that prohibition instrument.

The Cuban diplomat stated that a preventive approach, based on the precautionary principle, is required to guarantee the ban of autonomous weapons before they begin to take place on a large scale and to be deployed.

The ambassador also found the increasing use, inconsistently with the principles of International Law and International Humanitarian Law, of semi-autonomous military technologies disturbing.

Pedroso stated that the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons is also the appropriate forum to adopt a legally binding instrument that regulates the use of these weapons.

In his speech, the ambassador assured that Cuba will participate constructively in the work of the Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems, and will work for the continuation of the process towards the future. (Prensa Latina)