Body of Law on Blockade against Cuba Still Unchanged

Havana, Sep 14.- Measures and regulations that make the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the US against Cuba a body of law remain valid today despite the provisions of President Barack Obama.

Since 17 December 2014, the US president has issued repeated calls on Congress to lift the blockade, which is applied against the Caribbean country rigorously by government agencies of the northern nation.

The report on the need to end the blockade released here by the Cuban Foreign Ministry stresses that especially the Departments of Treasury and Commerce and the Office of Control of Foreign Assets are the highest authorities when applying regulations.


The information also includes the main legislation and administrative provisions that establish and govern the policy of blockade, including the Law won Trade with the Enemy Act of 1917, which in its Section five delegates to the maximum chief executive the possibility of applying economic sanctions time of war or other national emergency period.

It also prohibited trade with the enemy or allies of the enemy during armed conflicts.

In 1977, the Economic Powers Act International Emergency restricted the powers of the President to impose other sanctions citing national emergencies; however, the Act continued to apply to Cuba, although the White House has never declared a national emergency with respect to the Caribbean nation. Highlight the text that since then, successive American presidents extended the application of this provision to Cuba.

The Cuban report added that under this legislation Regulations adopted for the Cuban Assets Control, in 1963, under which it prohibits US nationals or persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to conduct financial transactions with Cuba.

Other laws mentioned document Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Foreign Assistance (1961) authorizing the head of the White House establish and maintain a ‘but’ overall trade with Cuba and prohibited the granting of any aid to the Cuban government.

Add the Presidential Proclamation 3447, issued on February 3, 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and declared a ‘but’ total trade between the United States and Cuba, in compliance with section 620 (a) of the Act Foreign assistance.

Cuba’s report will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly the coming October 26, during which the project will be discussed by the twenty-fifth time, whose vote last year ended with 191 countries in favor of Cuba and only two against: United States and Israel.
(PL)

Radio Cadena Agramonte, September 14, 2016

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