United Nations, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Every year, the UN General Assembly condemns the blockade of the United States against Cuba and the president of that organization, María Fernanda Espinosa, also supports that decision, her spokesperson said on Monday. (also See video link below.)
This is what the United Nations spokeswoman, Monica Grayley, told Prensa Latina. She recalled the vote that has taken place for 27 years in that instance and in which the overwhelming majority of the UN member countries express their rejection of the U.S. siege against the island.
In November 2018, 189 nations supported the demand to end the economic, commercial and financial siege that Washington has imposed for more than 55 years.
Only the United States and Israel remained in favor of this policy that seeks to provoke hunger, desperation and to overthrow the Cuban government, as U.S. authorities themselves have recognized.
For his part, the spokesman for the UN Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric, pointed out that high officials of the Cuban mission requested a meeting with the United Nations head, António Guterres, to discuss the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Law and its extraterritorial character.
On April 17 this year, Washington announced that, as part of its 57-year siege against Cuba, it would adopt new measures by activating Title III of the Helms-Burton Act as of May 2.
Since its entry into force in 1996, the Helms-Burton Act has sought to universalize the blockade of Cuba by means of pressure from Washington on third countries, their governments and companies, said Cuban Ambassador Ana Silvia Rodríguez at a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement at the United Nations.
The previous week, the Cuban diplomat also met with the president of the United Nations General Assembly and debated, among other issues, the impact of U.S. government’s decision to activate the extraterritorial Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.
Thus they seek to suffocate the island increasing the needs of the population with the purpose of imposing a government in Cuba that responds to the interests of the United States, the ambassador warned.
Although the blockade has remained in force, all U.S. administrations since 1996 suspended the application of Title III due to the damage it can cause to corporate interests, she said.
Likewise, they avoided taking such an aggressive measure given the strong opposition that this action arouses in the international community, including its close allies, due to its illegal extraterritorial scope, Rodriguez said.
Title III of the Helms-Burton Act allows legal actions to be brought to U.S. courts against Cuban and foreign entities and against third-country businessmen who have invested or have interests of any kind involving assets or properties nationalized by Cuba in 1959-1960.