The policy has been unchanged despite the recent bilateral relations among both countries and President Obama’s statements in favor of the lifting of the sanctions, said Cuban ambassador to Belgium Norma Goicochea.
Although the full elimination of the blockade depends on the U.S. Congress, Obama could still do more under his extensive executive powers, she said during a press conference on the topic in Brussels.
Goicochea set examples of the serious damage this policy has caused to the country’s development in several areas and also of the international cooperation actions carried out by Cuba, including the actions to fight Ebola.
She also stressed the achievements made by Cuba in the area of economic and social development, as well as the compliance with international commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals, despite the devastating effects of the policy.
In addition, she pointed out the need to keep presenting to the UN General Assembly a draft resolution on the “Need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba”, which has been approved 23 times by the international community.