Cuba denounces at UN Strengthening of United States blockade

Cuba''s alternate permanent representative to the UN, Ana Silvia Rodriguez, denounced on Wednesday at the General Assembly the strengthening of the United States blockade against the island and its new unilateral sanctions.

The blockade is not only maintained, but is reinforced by Washington's recent decision to allow lawsuits be filed in US courts against individuals and companies outside the jurisdiction of the United States, she warned.

The new provisions of the White House administration also prevent the entry of directors, and their families, of companies that legitimately invest in Cuba in properties that were nationalized on the onset of the revolution, she said.

In addition, the ambassador repudiated the decision of Donald Trump's government to limit remittances that Cubans residing in the United States send to their relatives and friends on the island, and rejected new travel restrictions imposed on US citizens if they wish to go to the Caribbean country.

The United States now applies additional financial sanctions against Cuba, a nation that for 60 years has been bcharacterized by its internationalism, anti-imperialism and solidarity with the poorest, she stressed.

My country has contributed to improving the living conditions of other nations, an example for South-South cooperation, she said.

Rodriguez also reiterated the solidarity of Cuba with Venezuela, that is a right of Cuba and a duty that is part of the tradition and inalienable principles of the foreign policy of the Revolution, she said.

No threat, no blackmail or ultimatum from the United States will divert the internationalist conduct of the Cuban nation, despite the effects of the blockade, the ambassador reaffirmed.

In this sense, she warned over Washington's persistent threats in Latin America and the Caribbean, which are incompatible with the declaration as a zone of peace made by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

Likewise, the ambassador confirmed Cuba's commitment to work together with the UN for the establishment of a democratic and just international order that responds to the demand for peace and justice of nations.

In her speech at the high-level event for the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, Rodriguez stated that this date should not be taken as a simple celebration, but as a reaffirmation of the collective duty and responsibility to preserve peace.

The Government of Havana remains committed to the defense and promotion of multilateralism, she assured, in a context marked by growing threats to peace and security, unconventional wars, gross violations of sovereignty, attempts to impose a unipolar order and unilateral sanctions.

That is why, the ambassador added, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-intervention in internal affairs, abstaining from the threat or use of force, as well as betting on the peaceful resolution of controversies is so important.

As she pointed out, it is time to put an end to manipulation, politicization and double standards on issues such as human rights, and to put an end to extraterritorial laws such as the blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States more than 60 years ago and which has 27 resolutions rejected by the UN General Assembly.

(Cubavsbloqueo/Prensa Latina)

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