Cuba condemns foreign military intervention in Libya as a “gross manipulation” of the UN charter. Cuba supports the right of Libyans to exercise self-determination and overthrow Gaddafi but thinks foreign nations should respect Libyan sovereignty. The Cuban Foreign Ministry issued a statement highlighting the need for dialogue and negotiations rather than physical force.
The United Nations adopted UN resolution 1973 last week to address the situation in Libya. The resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire and condones the international community to establish a no-fly zone over Libya. The resolution also authorizes the international community to use all measures necessary, short of foreign occupation, to protect civilians in Libya.
Recently, US and UK forces launched missiles in Libya to help the anti-Gaddafi forces. However, the Cuban government sharply criticized these actions stating that the UN resolution does not authorize force and any such foreign involvement is a violation of international law.