Cuba denounces at Unesco the impact of the blockade on Covid-19

Paris, April 17 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Ambassador to UNESCO, Yahima Esquivel, denounced this Friday in this capital the limitations that the US blockade causes to Cuba in its response to the Covid-19.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Executive Council of the UN organization specialized in education, science and culture, she said that the economic, commercial and financial siege intensified by the current administration in the White House prevents the purchase of medicines, health equipment, materials and supplies.

According to the diplomat, Washington’s aggressive stance contrasts with UNESCO’s call to the international community to strengthen cooperation and solidarity in the face of the pandemic.

The U.S. blockade makes it difficult for Cuba to fight Covid-19, a disease that places the planet before immense challenges, which we can only face together, she said.

Esquivel reiterated in the videoconference that the siege in place for 60 years is the main obstacle to the development of the largest of the Antilles and the well-being of its people.

It also hinders international cooperation in the fields of science, education, access to information and the promotion of culture, which are fundamental areas for confronting the Covid 19 crisis and which are at the heart of Unesco’s mandate, she said.

The Cuban ambassador recalled that the blockade has been rejected year after year by the international community, which demands in the UN General Assembly the end of a genocidal policy, contrary to the values of multilateralism, international law and peace.

In Esquivel’s opinion, the global scenario generated by the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus pandemic requires a strengthening of the demand for an end to the siege imposed on the island by the United States and the unilateral coercive measures against other countries.

‘The collective effort must be aimed at promoting solidarity, breaking down walls and providing aid to those in need,’ she warned.

In this sense, she stressed that Cuba supports national and local efforts in dozens of countries in the battle against Covid-19.

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