A draft resolution on the need to put an end to the criminal U.S. economic, commecial, and finacial blockade of Cuba is presented today in the United Nations General Assembly
Guyana agrees with the remarks of international organizations which previously asserted their opposition to the U.S. blockade of Cuba.
The extraterritorial nature of the measure violates the self-determination of peoples, and the United Nations Charter. We demand an immediate end to this destructive policy, the representative said, adding that the blockade is an unjust act against the Cuban people.
Guyana guarantees the Cuban people its unwavering solidarity in the struggle for self-determination, he insisted.
South Africa insisted that the blockade, which has caused extensive damage to Cuba, cannot be justified any longer.
The delegation’s spokesperson highlighted the historical ties that unite the two nations and thanked the Cuban people for their support in the fight for their liberation.
He also noted the escalation being mounted by the United States against the island, and strongly condemned the activation of the Helms-Burton Act’s Title III and unilateral measures adopted by the U.S. to undermine Cuban economic development.
South Africa called on the international community to support Cuba and its people, and stressed that these measures are a violation of international law.
The representative stated that his country will vote in favor of the resolution in question, and urged the U.S. government to end the illegal policy.
Zimbabwe supports statements by the Africa Group, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77 plus China, the country’s representative stated, while calling for an end to the blockade imposed on Cuba, which, in addition to being a violation of international law and the UN Charter, is a violation of the island’s right to development, he said.
He also recalled last year’s vote. that was almost unanimous, a confirmation of the international community’s opposition to coercive measures against Cuba.
Suriname, Angola, Nicaragua, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea all took the floor to express support for Cuba’s resolution demanding an end to the U.S. blockade.
The People’s Republic of China’s spokesperson began his remarks by welcoming Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez to the Assembly, and stating that his country strongly condemns all coercive measures imposed by the United States on Cuba, especially the economic, commercial, and financial blockade. The representative recalled the extent of losses Cuba suffered over the last year as a result of the blockade, and how it negatively impacts efforts to meet sustainable development objectives. China and Cuba have maintained friendly, mutually beneficial business relationships in various fields, he noted. China will vote in favor of the draft resolution presented by Cuba. Continue reading