US Blockade Hinders Cuba’s Development

United Nations, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade has been affecting Cuba”s development in all sectors, the island”s permanent representative to the UN, Rodolfo Reyes, claimed today.

‘Even with all the efforts by authorities and civil society, many programs promoted for decades by the Revolution have been affected, due to lack of resources,’ he said.

According to the Cuban government, the unilateral sanctions imposed by Washington have caused damages estimated at least $125,873 billion USD over the duration of the blockade, leading to human losses, especially in the area of health and particularly with respect to children.

The trade sector has also suffered impacts due to the blockade, in view of the fact that the United States, due to its geographical and historical conditions, could have been an important market for exports and a source for imports.

Reyes added that the extraterritorial nature of the blockade has affected Cuba’s relationships with third countries, preventing access to products and technology.

‘The impact is unquestionable, and the international community has recognized it each year with its support for a resolution on the necessity of ending it,’ the Caribbean country’s ambassador said referring to the initiative by the UN General Assembly.

Since 1992, the UN has overwhelmingly supported a draft resolution that calls for the end of the U.S. blockade. Last year the resolution was supported with 191 out of a possible 193 votes. Only the United States and its ally Israel were opposed to the resolution.

The Assembly will vote on October 26th for 25th occasion on the issue, and no one doubts that the blockade will suffer another defeat.

Reyes acknowledged the contribution made by President Obama and the world community in the fight to remove the blockade.

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