United Nations, Oct 28 (Prensa Latina) Diplomats and solidarity activists have expressed this week their confidence that the U.S. blockade of Cuba will have another resounding defeat at the United Nations General Assembly on November 1.
In an interview with Prensa Latina, Venezuela’s permanent representative, Rafael Ramirez, recalled that the economic, commercial and financial siege imposed by the United States on Cuba has received at this forum clear rejection since 1992, when a draft resolution on the necessity to end it was voted for the first time.
‘It is time that Washington lifts the blockade and leave behind the barbaric and savage addiction to believing that it can dominate our region,’ he said a few days before the upcoming vote at the General Assembly, where 191 of 193 UN member countries supported the resolution in 2016, while the United States and Israel abstained.
Ramirez informed that Venezuela will join the world in the demand against an illegal measure, applied and worsened for more than 50 years by the last 11 U.S. administrations.
Therefore, we will not only give our vote in favor of the resolution on November 1, but we will also raise our voice along with the Non-Aligned Movement, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas and other nations to demand the lifting of the blockade, he stressed.
The POLISARIO representative at the UN, Ahmed Bujari, said that he had no doubts about a new defeat of the blockade.
An overwhelming majority of the international community defends the end to sanctions that represent the past, and we will see it on November 1 at the General Assembly, he told Prensa Latina.
Ike Nahem, coordinator of the movement of solidarity with Cuba in New York, said that broad sectors of U.S. society accompany the world in the rejection of Washington’s economic siege on Cuba.
We know that the condemnation of the blockade will be ratified on November 1 at the UN, and we will mobilize ourselves to demonstrate that we demand its end in the United States, he said.
According to Nahem, at least a dozen U.S. and Canadian cities will organize marches and other activities that day.
The Big Apple is expected to witness the greatest examples of support in the Union for the Cuban people and their struggle.
The idea is to mobilize hundreds of people to come to the vote at the General Assembly, then we will hold a rally in front of the United Nations headquarters and later we will march to the Cuban Permanent Mission at the UN, he said.