Cuba ‘Disappointed’ by US Rejection of Lifting Blockade

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez speaks before a United Nations General Assembly vote on the Cuban blockade. | Photo: Reuters

Bruno Rodriguez said that the United States had found itself in a position of “international and political isolation” due to its minority standpoint to continue implementing sanctions.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said that the U.S. rejection of the United Nations resolution to end the half-century blockade against Cuba was “disappointing” and their explanation “profoundly contradictory.”

Speaking at a press conference after the vote, which passed the motion 191-2, Rodriguez said that the United States had found itself in a position of “international and political isolation” due to its minority standpoint to continue implementing sanctions.

“The mistaken thing is to continue implementing this policy, which is against international will and the will of the people,” he said.

The United States said earlier in the day that it was not in favor of lifting the ban because Cuba’s resolution “has not reflected on the spirit of cooperation of the U.S. President Obama.”

“I feel that the explanation that the U.S. presented with the vote against the resolution is insubstantial,” responded Rodriguez. “It is not formed in the capacity to enforce modifications to the blockade, but related to the content of the resolution.Their explanation was profoundly contradictory.”

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly at its yearly debate on the U.S. blockade of Cuba, the minister noted the “inestimable human damage” caused by the sanctions.

Rodriguez pointed out the company Electra refused to supply Cuban hospitals with cancer drugs.

“The embargo is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of human rights of all Cubans,” he said. “It is contrary to international law … It has been described as an act of genocide.”

“We hope that the U.S. moves forward from a cruel and unjust policy anchored in the past and adopts a policy based on the feelings of its own citizens,” he added.

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