Cuba Highlights Damages of U.S. Blockade at UN

United Nations, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The U.S. blockade against Cuba continues being the fundamental obstacle to the development of the island and the achievement in that territory of the 2030 Agenda, the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, reasserted on Thursday.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, the Minister recalled that the blockade constitutes a violation of human rights, and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the UN and International Law.

‘It is an act of aggression and economic warfare that breaks peace and international order.’ That siege imposed by Washington hinders the exercise of the people’s right to self-determination, peace, development, security and justice of the Cuban people, vulnerating universal regulations on trade and free navigation,’ said the Cuban Foreign Minister.

‘Also, it violates the principles of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace, opposes the consensus of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the world, and provokes isolation and discredit to the government of the United States,’ he added.

‘The extraterritorial application of the blockade has intensified, and especially the persecution of financial transactions and the banking and credit operations of Cuba on a global scale. More than a hundred banks requested the closure of accounts of Embassies and Representations of Cuban entities abroad, funds for Cuba have been withheld or they have refused to make transfers to or from the island, even of a humanitarian nature,’ he said.

‘The human damages caused by the U.S. siege that qualifies as an act of genocide are incalculable, and human suffering can not be accounted for,’ he concluded.

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