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Nobel Prize Perez Esquivel Sends Letter to UN Criticizing US Blockade

Argentina, October 12, 2018- ''As long as the United States continues attacking the Cuban people as if the Cold War continued, it will be attacking the right of all peoples to peace, sovereignty and development,'' Nobel Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel stressed in Buenos Aires.

In a letter sent to UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to which Prensa Latina had access, the prominent Argentine human right activist described this genocidal policy imposed almost 60 years ago on the island as 'a war against a country that seeks peace.'

Some few days before the UN votes on the draft resolution against the need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island, the Nobel Peace Prize winner stressed that despite the restoration of relations between the two countries, the U.S. financial persecution to Cuban transactions abroad remains in force.

The extraterritorial scope of this unilateral measure, which has brought economic damages to the people amounting to $933.6 million USD, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold on the international market, is also on the list.

Cuba continues unable to export and freely import products and services to or from the United States,the island cannot have direct banking relations with that country or receive U.S. investments in other sectors of the economy, with the exception of telecommunications, he states in his letter.

Perez Esquivel also recalled that fear persists within the U.S. banking sector and third countries to develop relations with the Caribbean nation and the extraterritorial nature of the blockade seriously harms the island, the interests and sovereign rights of third countries is also affected and this is a violation of International Law,the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and free trade rules.
 

(Cubavsbloqueo-Prensa Latina)