Venezuela condemns U.S. blockade of
CARACAS.— 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.
During the meeting between the two officials, Vivas
accompanied by other legislators, articulated some
of the damages suffered by Cuba as a result of the
policy, above all in the spheres of health, trade
and food, among others.
Polanco expressed gratitude for Venezuela’s
solidarity with the Cuban people, demonstrated once
again on October 28 in the United Nations General
Assembly, when 188 countries voted in favor of the
resolution presented by Cuba, which demanded an end
to the economic, commercial and financial blockade
imposed by Washington on the island.
On October 2, the AN described the U.S. blockade
against Cuba as criminal and expressed its support
for the resolution against the policy, approved over
22 consecutive years by the UN General Assembly.
The application of this form of economic, commercial
and financial pressure is accompanied by strategies
and policies which translate into harassment against
the Cuban Revolution and people, the document
After presenting the statement, Member of Parliament
Jesús Farías expressed gratitude to the Cuban people
and their historic leader, Fidel Castro, for their
bravery and dignity in the face of the blockade.
U.S. imperialism and expansionism within the region
is responsible for such extreme injustice – a
genocidal policy and violation of human rights which
constitutes a unilateral act of aggression, Faría
The agreement also states that successive U.S.
governments have maintained this illegal attitude,
which was denounced by President Nicolás Maduro
during his speech at the recently held UN Climate
Change Summit. (PL)