isolated and discredited
UNITED NATIONS.— October 29, the
international community in the UN General Assembly
once again confirmed the isolation of the United
States’ imposition of a economic, commercial and
financial blockade of Cuba.
body, which includes 193 UN member countries,
approved, for the 22nd consecutive year, a
resolution calling for an end to the blockade, with
188 nations voting in favor. Opposed were the United
States and Israel, while Micronesia, Palau and the
Marshall Islands abstained.
Prior to the vote on the proposed
resolution, the Community of Latin American and
Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Common Market of
the South (MERCOSUR) denounced the blockade as a
violation of the UN Charter and international law.
Prensa Latina reported that
Chile, speaking for CELAC, called on member
countries to ensure that their actions comply with
national as well as international law, and
principles established in the UN document.
Venezuela, speaking for countries
belonging to MERCOSUR, pointed out that the blockade
also violates the principles of equality among
states and non-intervention in the internal affairs
of other countries.
Delano Bart, UN representative for
St. Kitts & Nevis, spoke in the name of CARICOM (the
Caribbean Community) and emphasized that the social,
economic and humanitarian impact of the U.S.
blockade is becoming increasingly sharp.
China’s representative, Wang Min,
called on the U.S. to put an end to the blockade
immediately and denounced the fact that the policy
hampers economic, commercial and financial
interactions between Cuba and other countries,
undermining the interests and sovereignty of these
nations as well,
Dmitri Maximichev, representing
Russia, called the U.S. policy reminiscent of the
Algeria’s UN representative Mourad
Benmehidi recalled that his country has always
condemned the extraterritorial imposition of
national laws and other forms of economic coercion.
The blockade of Cuba serves no just
cause, is an anachronistic, unjustified anomaly,
declared Roble Olhaye, representing the Organization
of Islamic Cooperation, emphasizing that the
unilateral U.S. sanctions obstruct the aspirations
of the Cuban people for the development of their
Mohammad Adeeb, a member of India’s
Parliament and the country’s UN delegation, called
for an immediate end to the hostile policy, which he
described as an extraterritorial measure opposed by
the international community. He emphasized the
economic effects on Cuba and the denial of
technology needed for the country’s development.
CUBA REFUTES U.S. JUSTIFICATIONS
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno
Rodríguez used his opportunity to respond to
comments to refute statements made by Ronald Godard,
principal U.S. advisor for Western Hemisphere
Affairs, who attributed his country’s position to an
alleged interest in supporting Cubans’ "aspirations."
"Mr. Godard lies when he says that
the United States promotes human rights on the
island, because the blockade is a massive, flagrant
and systematic violation of these rights and an act
which qualifies as genocidal," the minister said,
according to PL.
He additionally rejected Godard’s
spurious arguments about humanitarian aid and
Internet access, pointing out that the U.S.
representative was referring to resources his
country allocates for destabilization, subversion
and regime change in Cuba.
Rodríguez Parrilla insisted that the
U.S. end its double standards and lies.