United Nations, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Saturday reaffirmed his country’s support and solidarity for Venezuela, at the high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly, in light of growing threats from the United States.
Relations between Havana and Caracas are based on mutual respect and true solidarity, said Rodriguez, who expressed unhesitant support for the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro and the people’s civic-military unity.
Cuba condemns the US Government’s conduct against Venezuela, ‘focused on the promotion of coups d’état, assassinations of leaders, economic warfare and sabotages on power supply’.
The Foreign Minister also condemned the implementation of severe unilateral coercive measures and the freezing of assets belonging to Venezuelans, companies and revenues by concept of exports.
Those actions are a serious threat to regional peace and security, and a direct aggression against Venezuelans, in an effort to surrender them through the cruelest ways, Rodriguez noted.
In that regard, he called on the international community to demand an end to unilateral coercive measures, to condemn the use of force and to boost respectful dialogue.
The head of Cuban diplomacy rejected the activation of ‘the obsolete Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, which establishes the use of military force’. It is an absurd decision that represents a historic backward step and a danger for regional peace and security to justify, by means of a legal instrument, the interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela, he stressed.
It is also a vulgar violation of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Peace Zone, signed in Havana in January 2014.
Washington is trying to revive the terrible Monroe Doctrine, an instrument of domination, and President Donald Trump continues with his attacks on socialism, with clearly electoral ends, while he ignores o tries to hide that neoliberal capitalism is responsible for growing economic and social inequality,’ the Cuban Foreign Minister said.
The US Government leads a vulgar persecution against political leaders and popular and social movements through slanderous campaigns and scandalously rigged and politically motivated trials, he denounced.
It wants to reverse policies that, through sovereign control over natural resources and the elimination of social differences, have built a more equitable and friendly society: it did so with former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose release we demand, Rodriguez underlined.
We condemn Washington’s efforts to destabilize the Government of Nicaragua, and ratify the invariable solidarity with President Daniel Ortega, he added.
The Cuban Foreign Minister also expressed support for the Bahamas, after being hit by Hurricane Dorian, and called on the international community to mobilize resources to help that archipelago.
He also expressed solidarity with the Caribbean nations that are requesting legitimate repair for the horrendous sequels of slavery, as well as the fair, special and differentiated treatment they deserve.
Rodriguez ratified ‘the historic commitment to the free determination and independence of the brother people of Puerto Rico’.
Likewise, he supported Argentina’s legitimate demand for sovereignty over the Malvinas (Falkland), South Sandwich and South Georgia islands.