News on Cuba - November 14, 2012 Print

Cuba Condemns US Blockade & Reiterates Willingness to Hold Respectful Dialog

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 13 (acn) In his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly Session on the US economic blockade of Cuba, foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez said that given its expressed purpose and direct effects, the over-50-year US  policy qualifies as an act of genocide according to the 1948 Geneva Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

In beginning his speech, the Cuban minister reiterated the condolences of his government and the people of Cuba to the people of the United States who were directly affected by hurricane Sandy. He also expressed condolences to the Caribbean nations that were hard hit by the storm.

Addressing the US blockade, Bruno Rodriguez said that it is an inhumane, failed and anachronistic policy of eleven successive US administrations under which 76 per cent of Cubans have been born.

“What’s the point of renouncing to a market of 11  million people? What’s the point of continuing to waste hundreds of  millions of dollars from the taxes that are paid by US citizens in the  useless and illegal subversion against  Cuba? What’s the use  of harming  Cuba’s relations with other States  -including its allies- with extraterritorial measures that violate  international law? What’s the point in resorting to an approach that is  opposite to the one that encourages its increasing economic relations with  States with a different political system?,” the minister asked.

The blockade is the main obstacle to Cuba’s social and economic development and the damage damages accumulated for more than fifty years until  2011 amount to one trillion six billion dollars, said the Cuban minister.

Bruno Rodriguez said that now that Obama has been reelected US President for a second term he has the opportunity to start a new policy towards Cuba  different from the one implemented by his ten predecessors for more than  half a century, and he went on to reiterate Cuba’s firm willingness to move towards the normalization of relations with the United States through respectful dialog, without preconditions, on the basis of reciprocity and sovereign equality, without undermining in the least Cuba’  independence and sovereignty.

He said: today I am again submitting to the US government a  draft agenda for a bilateral dialog, which includes as fundamental topics the lifting  of the economic, commercial and financial blockade; Cuba’s exclusion from  the arbitrary and illegal list of terrorism sponsoring countries; the  abrogation of the Cuban Adjustment Act; the  compensation for economic and human damages; the return of the territory  occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base; the end to the radio and TV  aggressions and the ceasing of the financing of internal subversion.

The Cuban minister said that an essential element in this agenda is the release of the Five  Cuban anti-terrorists who remain imprisoned or retained  in this country, and he also offered the US government the negotiation of   cooperation agreements in the areas of greatest mutual interest, such as the  fight on drug trafficking, terrorism, human smuggling and for the full  normalization of migratory relations, as well as for the prevention and  mitigation of natural disasters and the protection of the environment and  our common seas.

And he concluded by inviting UN member states to vote the draft resolution entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Following the Cuban minister’s remarks the General Assembly reiterated its strongest rejection of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba as 188 member states voted in favor of the Cuban resolution demanding the lifting of the US anti-Cuba policy, two more countries than last year.

Only the United States, Israel land Palau voted against, while Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained from voting.

The UN Vote expresses the international community rejection of the unilateral and extraterritorial US blockade of Cuba.

 

US Solidarity Network Urges Obama to Lift Blockade on Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 14 (ACN) The US National Network on Cuba (NNOC) urged President Barack Obama to listen to the international community and lift all commercial and financial restrictions on the island.

For 21 years in a row, the international community voted on Tuesday against the financial, commercial and economic blockade on Cuba, reads a declaration by the US organization in solidarity with the Caribbean nation.

The document recalled that the over-50-year economic siege has inflicted unnecessary damage and suffering on the Cuban people, a situation that even worsened with the recent impact on the island by hurricane Sandy.

“The US Network on Cuba sends an urgent call to your administration so that you give a humanitarian gesture and lift the restrictions on credits and trade imposed on the Caribbean nation,” said the document.

“Such an action would allow the Cuban people to have more possibilities to purchase medicines, foods, construction materials, machinery and equipment necessary to recover from the recent disaster.”

“We refuse to become passive witnesses of this unfair US policy particularly after the natural disaster inflicted damage Cuba, read the document, cited by PL news agency.

“We hope that you, Obama, listen to the almost unanimous claim by the international community, expressed in the vote that took place Tuesday at the UN General Assembly, which demanded the end of the blockade on Cuba,” the network pointed out.

 

UN Vote, a Cuban Victory against US Blockade

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 14 (ACN) Cuban permanent representative at the United Nations, Pedro Nunez Mosquera, described the overwhelming vote by the UN General Assembly on Tuesday as a great victory of the Cuban people against the US economic, commercial and financial blockade on the island.

The vote was a great victory given to our nation by the international community, said the diplomat in a phone conversation with the Cuban News Agency.

The Cuban resolution was adopted with 188 votes in favor, only the United States, Israel and Palau voted against, while Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained.

The Cuban diplomat described the vote by the General Assembly as a very emotive situation. Following the massive applause by the audience upon learning the vote results, diplomats from many nations stood in line to salute the Cuban delegation, said Nunez Mosquera.

The overwhelming rejection of the criminal US policy on Cuba is the result of the example given by Fidel, Raul, the combative and firm position of all Cubans, said the diplomat.

 

Media Outlets Highlight Condemnation of Anti-Cuban Blockade

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 13 (acn) Media outlets from around the world echoed on Tuesday the almost unanimous rejection of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba at the United Nations General Assembly, where 188 countries voted in favor of the Cuban resolution on the need to punt an end to it, three were against and two abstained.

The Mexico.com digital newspaper referred to the certainty expressed by that nation at the UN that this type of measure has "severe humanitarian consequences" for the Cuban people, and has a negative impact on the economic and social development of the Caribbean island.

Meanwhile, the Spanish news agency EFE emphasized the joint declaration of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Mercosur, and the Community of Caribbean States. It underlined that this policy is against the principles of the UN Charter and the norms of international law.

Likewise, Panamanian lawyer Julio Berrios described the condemnation of the US blockade as a triumph of the Cuban people, which shows that countries understand that the Cuban Revolution is compatible with international law.

And the Salvadorian Solidarity-with-Cuba Organizing Committee asked US President Barack Obama to pay attention to the world demand of putting an end to that criminal siege.

 

UN Overwhelmingly Condemns US Blockade of Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 13 (ACN) The UN General Assembly expressed its overwhelming rejection of the US economic blockade of Cuba by adopting the island’s resolution demanding the lifting of the US measure, with 188 votes in favor.

The only votes against came from the United States, Israel and Palau, while the Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained.

The Cuban resolution, adopted for its 21st time in a row condemns the US siege of Cuba which has inflicted the island damage calculated at one trillion 66 billion dollars, up to December 2011.

 

US Blockade is a Criminal Act, says Bolivian Vice-president

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 13 (ACN) Bolivia’s vice-president Alvaro Garcia said on Tuesday, in La Paz, that the US economic blockade of Cuba is a criminal act against the Cuban people and a shameful chapter in the history of relations between the states.

The blockade is also an aggression on peaceful coexistence among states and peoples, which is the foundation of the contemporary world system; it is a criminal act against men, women, children and the elderly, said the top government Bolivian official.

Garcia recalled the overwhelming UN rejection of the US anti-Cuba measure by saying that 186 UN member nations left the United States isolated last year, PL news agency reported.

They are nations that may have differences among them in different issues, but they are united under the common principle of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect, he said and noted that we this is the story of the powerful, abusive and big against the small, weak who resists and shows the high moral quality of its government and people in the face of the moral, historic and political deterioration of a government that goes against history.

The US blockade of Cuba goes against human nature, history, and peaceful coexistence, which is a basic principle of the world system of states and governments, said the Bolivian vice-president.