From France, new demands to end U.S. blockade on Cuba

Paris, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) In recent days, parliamentarians, intellectuals, solidarity organizations and Cubans living in France have added their voices to the demand that the United States put an end to 60 years of blockade against Cuba.

Calls from different sectors of French society are part of the upcoming vote in the UN General Assembly on November 7 on a new draft resolution presented by Cuba to put an end to the unilateral and extraterritorial siege, a text similar to the one categorically approved in that forum year after year since 1992.

Deputies to the French National Assembly sent a letter to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, requesting her support in rejecting the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Washington.

The letter sent by the Parliamentary Group of Friendship France-Cuba asks the Democratic leader in particular to propitiate the support of the lower house of the U.S.Congress, where her party is the majority, to the initiative of the largest of the Antilles in the UN.

French legislators reiterated to Pelosi that the island has suffered for six decades the impact of the blockade, a policy responsible -they specified- of ‘considerable damage to its people in all spheres, fundamentally in the economic, health, education and culture’.

For its part, the association France-Cuba, created in the early 1960s, sent a letter to the U.S. ambassador in this capital, Jamie Mc Court, to remind her of the vote in the General Assembly.

The blockade is a measure designed with the purpose of harming an entire people in order to lead them to despair and revolt, which can be considered a crime against humanity, the activists warned the diplomat.

According to French solidarity, just as inhuman is the extraterritorial character of the siege intensified by the current administration, by attacking the right of countries to maintain commercial, scientific, medical, cultural and various types of relations among themselves.

‘That is why we condemn the blockade as energetically as possible, together with millions of citizens on the planet,’ said France Cuba in the letter that included more than a thousand signatures.

The academic and essayist Salim Lamrani also offered his vision of the blockade, which he described as an illegal, cruel and anachronistic policy. In statements to Prensa Latina, he stressed the objective of the siege applied by successive administrations in the White House contravenes International Law by its nature and impact.

The cruelty of this measure is evident in its effects on the most vulnerable sectors of the population, said the professor of the University of La Réunion, located in the French overseas department of the same name.

Lamrani considered that the almost unanimous rejection of the blockade in the UN General Assembly illustrates the isolation of the United States in its aggressiveness towards the island.

Cubans residing in France joined the call to the international community to support for the twenty-eighth consecutive year the project presented by Havana.

In a statement, its members urged the European Union and the French government to once again support the text, and expressed their expectation that the victory will be decisive again on November 7.

They also reaffirmed their support for the Cuban government and people in their efforts to defend sovereignty and independence in the face of Washington’s aggressiveness.

They also denounced the escalation of hostile measures by the current administration, unilateral actions that openly seek regime change.


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