Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced on his Twitter account the decision of the U.S. Department of State to authorize claims under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act against Cuban companies arbitrarily sanctioned
Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, strongly rejected the U.S. government’s decision to authorize lawsuits against the Greatest of the Antilles on his Twitter account on Monday, although Washington extended for another 30 days the full application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.
Rodríguez Parrilla condemned the State Department’s measure against Cuban companies arbitrarily sanctioned by the current White House administration, which he described as an unacceptable threat to the world.
I strongly reject the US State Department’s announcement to authorize lawsuits, under Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, against a list of Cuban companies arbitrarily sanctioned by the Trump administration. 30-Day Extension in All Other Cases Unacceptable Threat vs. World
As of March 19, the suspension of the possibility of filing lawsuits in U.S. courts against dozens of Cuban companies included in a unilateral list of the State Department, for alleged links with defense and national security will be lifted.
Title III of the Act, which the Trump administration has now dusted, authorizes U.S. nationals to file lawsuits before U.S. courts against any foreigner who “traffics” in property that was nationalized in Cuba in the 1960s, in a legitimate process, as recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court, carried out by the Cuban government in full compliance with national law and international law.
According to information published on the State Department’s official website, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed the relevant U.S. Congressional committees of the “need to extend for an additional 30 days the application until April 17, 2019, of the right to bring an action under Title III of the Cuban Freedom and Democratic Solidarity Act (Helms-Burton Act) of 1996,” in correspondence with the “national interests” of the United States.
The new scale of sanctions against Cuba comes after the statements of John Bolton, National Security Advisor to the White House, after expressing on Twitter that “the United States will continue to strengthen financial restrictions for the Cuban military and intelligence services.
(Taken from Granma in Spanish)