San Juan, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) The College of Attorneys of Puerto Rico (CAPR) is expecting that the announced process for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States conducts the U.S. Congress to end the economic blockade on that neighboring nation.
“We hope the necessary atmosphere emerge to conduct to a total and absolute re-establishment of political relations to eliminate all sanctions established by the United States to the government of the Republic of Cuba, putting an end to the blockade imposed since 1962,” states the resolution revealed today but approved on December 20, 2014.
The CAPR also congratulated the presidents of Cuba, Raul Castro and the United States, Barack Obama, for the steps taken towards the normalization of diplomatic relations after 53 years.
The resolution was adopted by the Board of Governors of the College of Attorneys of Puerto Rico, presided over by Mark Anthony Bimbela.
In the document, to which Prensa Latina had access in San Juan, Bimbela recalled that the blockade on Cuba has had detrimental economic effects estimated at more than 116.800 billion USD, while fines imposed by the U.S. Treasure Department to third country companies for trading with Havana, total about 11.5 billion USD.
Puerto Rican lawyers stated the need that the U.S. Congress repeals the 1992 Torricelli Act and the 1996 Helms Burton Act to end the economic blockade that has caused so much damage to Cuba.