The International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People’s Power has expressed its strongest rejection of the European Parliament’s Common Resolution (2019/2929 RSP), given its interventionist content and disrespect for Cuban sovereignty, with absolute ignorance of our reality.
Cuban legislators commented on the text, approved by a 56% majority vote, stating, “Unfortunately, such statements respond to the new slander campaign orchestrated by the United States government, as part of its failed policy of hostility and aggression toward Cuba, which has escalated over the last few months, and run up against the Cuban people’s capacity for resistance.”
The International Relations Commission also expressed “deep concern that a group of Euro deputies, who are members of certain political forces within the European Parliament, echoing this campaign with evident political motivations, have lent themselves to orchestrating this anti-Cuban maneuver by promoting such statements in the forum, in open subordination to the imperial desires of the United States and alignment with its aggressive policy toward Cuba.”
This resolution “contradicts the spirit of respectful dialogue that has prevailed in relations between Cuba and the European Union,” the Cuban statement points out and adds: “Following its usual course of action, the United States finances activities that threaten Cuba’s constitutional order, attempting to recruit mercenaries to artificially fabricate the “opposition” they desire, in the absence of legitimate support for their goals of domination. Such is the case with José Daniel Ferrer, whose criminal record has been well documented.
The International Relations Commission stated, “There is plenty of evidence of these actions which the U.S. government would never allow in its own territory, with which it openly violates the bilateral Agreement on the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries and disregards the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and international law. This constitutes clear and unacceptable interference in Cuba’s internal affairs.” Continue reading
On July 5, the European Parliament endorsed a legislative resolution for the provisional implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Cuba, signed on December 12, 2016; which aims to promote the development of diplomatic and economic relations between the bloc and Caribbean nation.
The agrement was approved by parliamentarians with 567 votes in favor, 61 against, and 31 abstentions, which according to analysts, shows broad support within the EU for rapprochement between the island and the bloc, which has also expressed its opposition to the current United States Cuba policy following changes announced in mid-June by President Donald Trump.
Speaking to the press, researcher Anna Ayuso, from the Barcelona-based International Information and Documentation Center, noted that with the signing of the agreement, Europe – unlike the U.S. – is taking advantage of the opportunity to develop economic relations with Cuba.
The new pact puts an end to the so-called “Common Position” adopted by the bloc in 1996, and rejected by Havana due to its unilateral, interventionist, selective, and discriminatory character.