UN Rejects Blockade on Cuba, U.S. more Isolated

United Nations, Oct 28 (PL) For the 24th consecutive time, the UN General Assembly bluntly demanded the end of the blockade against Cuba, forum that this Tuesday left the United States more isolated than ever in the application of a unilateral siege.

The plenary of the 193 members of the United Nations saw 191 of them push the green button to support with their vote a new resolution on the need to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on the island for over half a century. In the last three years, 188 countries had supported the initiative that only received the rejection of the United States and its ally Israel.

If categoric was the voting, with record figure of text supporters, equally definitive were the words of diplomats from the five continents, who in the name of global and regional organizations as well as in their national capacities demanded the end of the measures introduced and toughened by 10 U.S. presidents.

The continuation of the blockade results unjustifiable for its effects in all sectors of Cuban society and its impact on the civil population, besides violating International Law and the UN Charter, warned Irani ambassador, G. Khoshroo, in the name of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, that group 120 states. On his part, South African ambassador Kingsley Mamabolo, said in the name of the Group of 77 plus China, representing 134 of the 193 UN members that the siege is the most unjust, severe and prolonged system of unilateral sanctions ever applied.

‘To not lift it would make History once again judge those who keep perpetuating this measure,’ he affirmed.

Also the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the African Union, the Caribbean Community, the Association of Nations of Southeast Asia, the Common Market of the South and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation claimed to put an end to the blockade.

Voting took place in an unedited scenario, after the reestablishment last July of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States and the reopening of their embassies.

Speakers recognized those steps and prodded bilateral approach, but in general, they left clear the importance of accelerating it through the elimination of the blockade, whose anachronism and uselessness have been recognized by U.S. President Barack Obama himself, who calls on Congress to discuss its end.

CUBAN STAND

Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, denounced before the General Assembly, that the siege is intact, despite the advances made in the diplomatic sector between both countries.

‘We must not confuse reality with wishes or the expressions of good will (…). Facts demonstrate, with full clarity, that the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba is fully standing,’ he said.

Rodriguez put recent examples in the application of sanctions and its extraterritorial reach, as the fines imposed to fundamentally European entities.

Also, he quoted the retention of the first payment of the U.S. company Sprint to start direct telephone calls between both countries and the obstacles to financial transactions that support the charter flights, only ones in operation now.

However, he ratified in statements to Prensa Latina during a meeting with journalists after voting, that the island has the will to advance to better links with its northern neighbor.

The Cuban Foreign Minister insisted on the Cuban stand to progress based on absolute respect to sovereignty and national Independence.

Also, U.S. representative at the plenary, Ronald Godard, said that Washington is committed to the bilateral approach.

In his explanation of the vote, the diplomat argued that the resolution did not mention the new scenario of relations between both countries and it was ‘practically identical to the previous ones.’

In that regard, Rodriguez explained that without pretending replicate Goddard’s words, it was important to reiterate the changes introduced to the initiative, as a recognition of progress made and the decision of Obama to work with Congress to lift the blockade.

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