Colombian Solidarity Movement Rejects Helms-Burton Law

Bogota, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Movement of Solidarity with Cuba (MCSC) released Saturday a statement rejecting the U.S. decision to suspend for only 45 days the application of Chapter III of the Helms-Burton Act.

Friends of Cuba in Colombia consider this action by the U.S. State Department as a threat to create the conditions to strengthen the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.

They also state that implementation of the Helms-Burton Act is an attack against the sovereignty of third countries and violates international law.

Chapter III of the Helms-Burton Act is considered by the MCSC to be a ruthless aggression against Cuba’s independence and an affront to the sovereignty of the rest of the countries of the world for their intentions to apply U.S. jurisdiction extraterritorially.

In this regard, the Colombian group expressed full support for the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs Declaration of January 17 and reiterated its commitment to solidarity with the Cuban government and people.

That day, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cuban Government strongly condemned the threat to activate Chapter III of the Helms-Burton Act.

Donald Trump’s government threatens to take a new step to dangerously reinforce the blockade against Cuba, flagrantly violate international law and directly attack the sovereignty and interests of third countries, warned the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

The Helms-Burton Act came into force in 1996. It was conceived to codify and tighten the blockade against the Caribbean nation officially imposed on Cuba in 1962.

This regulation, marked by an accentuated extraterritorial dimension, has been rejected by the international community almost unanimously in the United Nations and specialized international bodies.

The MCSC statement also announced it is implementing actions to help mitigate the extensive damage caused by the tornado in Havana on January 27.


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