Special Declaration on the need to put and end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba. CELAC Summit, January 28-29, 2014

The Heads of State and Government of the Latin America and the Caribbean States gathered in Havana, Cuba, on the occasion of the II Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on 28 and 29 January 2014,

1.        Express their strongest opposition to the coercive economic measures not supported by the International Law, including all those unilateral actions imposed on sovereign countries for political reasons, that impair the well-being of their peoples and are designed to prevent these countries from exercising their right to decide, by their own free will, their political, economic and social systems;

2.        Reiterate their strongest condemnation of the application of laws and measures contrary to International Law, such as the Helms-Burton Law, including its extraterritorial effect, and urge the Government of the United States of America to put an end to its application;

3.        Express their deep concern on the strengthening of the extraterritorial dimension of the embargo, as well as on the increasing persecution of Cuba´s international financial transactions, which is contrary to the political willingness of the international community;

 4.        Therefore, urge the Government of the United States of America, to fulfill the successive resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, and in response to repeated calls from the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, which is contrary to International Law, severely and unjustifiably damaging to the well-being of the Cuban people and affects peace and coexistence among the nations of the Americas.

Havana, January 29, 2014

(Cuba vs Blockade)

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