US Majority Support Lifting Blockade on Cuba

Washington, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) – Most of the United States (US) citizens consider that the government of their country must lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba for more than half a century, revealed a survey published today.

The survey, carried out by the Associated Press (AP) news agency and the Public Opinion Research Company GfK, noted that 60 percent of the citizens agreed that the Congress overturn that unilateral policy of sanctions while nearly 35 percent consider that it should keep it.

Around 45 percent of the total polled approved the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two nations and only 15 percent reject it.

Speaking in partisan terms, 75 percent of Democrats expressed themselves against the blockade, while half of Republicans are in favor and the other half against, according to the study.

The United States director general of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal stated this Monday before the TV of the Island that the US President Barack Obama has the power to override the main components of blockade, and that there is only one limited group of issues governed by laws that only the Congress can remove.

Delegations from Cuba and the United States held official talks last January 21 and 22, in which they tackled issues of mutual interest such as illegal immigration, progress towards restoring diplomatic ties and reopening of embassies in both capitals.

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