Statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba on item 40 of the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba"

Mr. President;

Distinguished Permanent Representatives;

Delegates all;

The United Nations General Assembly will consider today, for the twenty third time, this issue which is so important for the international community, because it has to do with International Law, which protects all States, whether big or small, rich or poor, and is what guarantees their independence and exercise of their national sovereignty, which is the basis of sovereign equality.

It is also directly linked to the enjoyment of human rights by all persons and by all peoples.

“There is no hostility between our peoples,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla

UNITED NATIONS,  October 28, 2014. “Cuba has never been a threat to the national security of the United States,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla in his address to the United Nations General Assembly minutes before the vote to end the economic and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

Rodriguez Parrilla pointed out that Cuba has warmly received the few American citizens that have been given permission to visit Cuba or have come in humanitarian mission. “There is no hostility between our peoples,” he said.

At WTO, Cuba urges the United States to end with the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba

GENEVA, November 18, 2014. Cuban Ambassador to the International Organization in Geneva,  Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, urged the United States to respect the position of 188 member State of the World Trade Organization who vote in favor of the end of the blockade against Cuba during last United Nations General Assembly.

The statement issued during the meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body who assesses each month the non-compliance by the United States in relation with “Section 211”.

The New York Times's Editorial: A Cuban brain drain, courtesy of the U.S.

UNITED STATES,  November 17, 2014. The New York Times most recent editorial crtiicizes the United States Government program to stimulate the emigration by Cuban health professionals.

"It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by making defection so easy", states the article.

Following, the editorial:

Germany rejects US blockade against Cuba

GERMANY, November 14, 2014. The new government of Germany condemned during a parliamentary debate, the economic, commercial and financial blockade of United States against Cuba.

In an address, Socialist legislator Wolfgang Gehrcke, the minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael Roth, highlighted the role of Germany each year during the votation against blockade at United Nations General Assembly.

"As previous years, the European Union has voted for the end of the blockade against Cuba", said Roth

US Laws Has Always Been Designed to Suffocate Cuba

CUBA,  November 14, 2014. On February 9, 1995, a year before the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, House Representative, and New York Democrat Charles Rangel introduced a bill, the Free Trade with Cuba Act, designed to remove the blockade and begin a dialogue with Cuba. Congress opted instead for a hard-line stance against Cuba.Can you pick up the story at this point?

UNASUR Slams Cuba's Exclusion from Summit of the Americas

CUBA,  November 14, 2014. UNASUR Secretary General Ernesto Samper lashed out against the decision to exclude Cuba from the Summit of the Americas.

“To exclude Cuba from the Summit of the Americas is like holding a lunch and not inviting a member of the family,” Samper stated through his Twitter account.

Cuba was expelled from the Organization of American States (OAS), the organizing body of the Summit of the Americas, in 1962 and has not participated in OAS activities since.

Time is Now to Resume U.S.-Cuba Relations, Says NYT Editor

 

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2014. For the first time in over 50 years, the political situation in the United States and Cuba is favorable to resume bilateral relations, said Andrew Rosenthal, editor of the editorial pages of The New York Times.

Uruguay: US blockade to Cuba affects Peace in Latin America

URUGUAY,  November 10, 2014. The Government of Uruguay considers economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States (US) against Cuba “affects peace and coexistence among the American nations.”
In a document released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, about the recent visit to Cuba Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, it is stated that the hostile policy of the US government “is contrary to international law, causes substantial and unjustifiable damage to welfare of the Cuban people, and affects peace and coexistence among the American nations. ”

The New York Times Admits US Interference in Cuba

UNITED STATES,  November 10, 2014. For the fifth time in a month, The New York Times published a long editorial on Cuba, in which it listed the countless destabilizing efforts by the United States to overthrow the Cuban government.

Venezuela condemns U.S. blockade of Cuba

VENEZUELA,  November 7, 2014.  First Vice President of Venezuela’s National Assembly (AN) Darío Vivas denounced the U.S. blockade against Cuba, an arbitrary policy imposed for over 50 years, but one which was destined to fail, he stated on November 5.

 Vivas met with the Cuban ambassador to Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco, presenting him with an agreement approved before the AN, which supports Cuba’s report submitted to the United Nations on the need to put an end to the U.S. blockade.

Correa Criticizes US for Ignoring Demands Against Blockade on Cuba

ECUADOR, November 7, 2014. President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, criticized the United States for ignoring the demands of the international community to lift the unilateral blockade against Cuba for over 50 years.

Unfortunately there is no system of global justice (forcing it to comply with the resolutions) remarked the president, who called overwhelming the sentence received by the US sanctions against the Caribbean Island last week at the UN General Assembly.

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