EU and Cuba Reject Helms-Burton Act

Brussels, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini; and Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, rejectedon Friday Helms-Burton Act, imposed by the US on the island.

According to the European External Action Service (SEAE), during a meeting in this capital both officials agreed that the extraterritorial application of the Act is contrary to international law.

The EEAS noted that Mogherini and Rodriguez also shared views on the next steps to face Title III of the interventionist Act, which goes against the principle of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to avoid barriers to business, in addition of exchanging goods and services among the different States of the planet.

The EU recently filed a complaint in the WTO against the anti-Cuban Act, described as a legal phenomenon, and advanced its intention to apply the ‘blockade statute’, which bans the application in EU territory of sentences in the US on Title III and allows defendants to receive compensation in European courts.

Helms-Burton Act which codifies the US economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed almost six decades ago on Cuba, is aimed to strengthened the siege at the international level and establishing a plan for transition and interference in Cuba.

Extraterritorial title III of the Act allows any US citizen or company to file lawsuits to US courts over nationalized properties after the triumph of the Revolution on January 1, 1959.

Similarly, it prohibits the entry into the US of managers and family members who maintain business in nationalized entities, regardless of the country from which they come.

At the meeting, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Vice President of the European Commission discussed bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region.

The links between the EU and Cuba were reinforced from 2016 with the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, and both Mogherini and Rodriguez expressed their satisfaction with the progress.

They also analyzed the preparations for the next meeting of the EU-Cuba Joint Council, scheduled for next September.

On the situation in Venezuela, another of the issues addressed in the meeting, the Cuban FM ratified the importance of the initiatives around this conflict, as they favor a broad, inclusive and sovereign dialogue with the legitimate Government of Nicolas Maduro.

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