STATEMENT BY CUBAN PRESIDENT

Fellow countrymen,

Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated in many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal reciprocally with a wide variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people.

STATEMENT BY CUBAN PRESIDENT

Fellow countrymen,

Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated in many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal reciprocally with a wide variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people.

Nobel Prize asks Obama to end the blockade and release Ramón, Antonio and Gerardo

ARGENTINE, December 9, 2014. Nobel Prize, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, asked United States president Barack Obama to end the economic blockade against Cuba and to release the three antiterrorist Cubans still imprisoned in US jails.

In a letter sent from Buenos Aires, the human rights advocate urged Obama to "decide with open spirit" the freedom of the three Cubans part of the Cuban Five who still remain in United States.

Cuba Denounces Restrictions on International Cooperation Imposed by U.S. Blockade

GENEVA,  December 5, 2014. Cuba's Ambassador to International Organizations in Geneva, Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, reaffirmed the commitment of the island to achieve the provisions of the Convention on Biological Weapons, in the general debate of the Meeting of State Parties of the Convention.

Trips of U.S. Citizens to Cuba are on the Rise, Says the New York Times

CUBA,  December 4, 2014.  Trips of U.S. citizens to Cuba are on the rise in spite of Washington's sanctions against Havana, pointed out on Tuesday an article published on the blog of the editorial page of the New York Times (NYT).

The Guardian: Cuba's extraordinary global medical record shames the US blockade

UNITED KINGDOM, December 3, 2014. Cuba is still suffocated by the US trade embargo that has kept it in an economic and political vice for more than half a century, stated The Guardian in the article "Cuba's extraordinary global medical record shames the US blockade", published today.

The UK newspaper further states that "if Barack Obama wants to do something worthwhile in his final years as president he could use Cuba’s role in the Ebola crisis as an opening to start to lift that blockade and wind down the US destabilisation war".

Cuban and U.S. Artists Join to Promote Cultural Exchanges

CUBA,  November 28, 2014.  Artists of Cuba and the United States compose the non-governmental, nonprofit organization US-Cuba Artist Exchange to promote art cooperation programs and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

Mariesa Ryan, coordinator of the project, told ACN that visual arts and music, ballads (trova) and hip hop, are considered to be the most favored by the group's actions.

Exchanges include practical workshops, musical presentations and murals on facades of communities in cities visited by the members of the project, she added.

Cuban Residents in Europe Demand End of US Blockade

NETHERLANDS,  November 28, 2014. Cubans residents in The Netherlands held their 3rd National Forum this month in The Hague, and issued a declaration demanding the end of the over-50-year US blockade against their homeland and the release of three Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in US prisons since 1998.

The National Conference, organized by the Hola-Cuba Association and the island´s embassy in The Netherlands, was presided over by Cuban ambassador Fermin Quiñonez and General Consul Digna Tey, according to information released by the diplomatic mission.

Spanish Chancellor Reiterates European Union's Opposition to U.S. Blockade of Cuba

CUBA,  November 27, 2014.  Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, who paid an official visit to Cuba, reiterated on Tuesday in this capital the European Union's disagreement with the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean island.

During his stay in Havana, which ended on Tuesday, Garcia-Margallo held exchanges with Cuban authorities of various spheres, and received details on the damages caused by that arbitrary measure to the Cuban people and the economy.

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

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