Cuba’s truth prevails before the Helms-Burton Act

Cuba, with its truth before the eyes of the world, has gone through 60 years of revolution facing the high cost of having chosen to be a sovereign, free and independent country, and of having chosen socialism as a political system.

The parade of rulers through the White House since 1959 has carried among its banners, the unsuccessful slogan of destroying the Cuban Revolution by appealing to all possible ways, without any having achieved its final goal, although the human damage is immeasurable and the material losses are millionaire.

The blockade officially implemented by the United States in 1962 has reached its most ruthless moment by activating Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which had been postponed by the presidents since Clinton, who signed the law in 1996, until the arrival of Donald Trump.

In the Cuban television program Hacemos Cuba, the issue of the implications of the activation of Helms-Burton’s third title for the Cuban nation was discussed a day before.

Carlos Fernández de Cossío, general director of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs, appeared before the television cameras. He explained that Donald Trump has to invent pretexts to “justify” the intensification of the blockade against Cuba.

So he presents Cuba as a threat against the national security of the United States, by putting up the poster as a destabilizing element in the region; he accuses the Island of being responsible for the infused sonic attacks against U.S. diplomats in Havana; and he wields a supposed military invasion from Cuba to Venezuela, said the MINREX official.

Fernández de Cossío explained the reasons why the current US government activates the third title: time is running out, and most Cuban Americans and most Americans are against the blockade and advocate normal relations between the two countries. And the White House clearly knows these elements.

Alejandro García del Toro, director of Legal Affairs and Analysis at the U.S. General Direction of Minrex, also participated in the television program. He referred to the legality of the nationalization carried out by the revolutionary government after 1959, which today impugns Trump’s administration.

García del Toro explained that the nationalization of properties in the hands of foreign companies, mainly North American, was a juridical act that allowed to recover these properties and to put them in function of the social development of the nation.

On the other hand, he added that the confiscation occurred due to crimes committed by the owners of the facilities, and the law was applied and justice was done. Both in nationalization and in confiscation, it was essential to achieve expropriation.

Nationalization was legal because it responded to a popular demand and the need to restructure the property regime in the nascent Revolution; it had its legal basis in the Constitution of 1940; it corresponded to the norms of international law; and it had a compensation or indemnification regime, which the United States rejected, summarized the official.

But, according to Garcia del Toro, the Constitution of the 40 also stipulated the expropriation of those properties that were necessary for the development of the nation. The number of properties in the hands of U.S. companies was increasing through illicit operations.

Cuba is shielded from this new aggressive attempt by the United States. Alejandro García del Toro recalled Law 80 reaffirming Cuban dignity and sovereignty, signed in 1996, which declared the Helms Burton Act null and void on the Island, as well as the protection for investors offered by the Foreign Investment Law approved in 2014 and the recently proclaimed Magna Carta, which reaffirms our independence, officials affirmed before the Cuban television cameras.

The truth of Cuba prevails before the fabrications of the North American government to justify the intensification of the blockade against the Island. And the world knows that truth, and it recognizes the extraterritoriality of Helms-Burton.

The United States is isolated in its desperate attempt to apply Helms-Burton, while Cuba continues to foster good and fair relations with countries interested in maintaining ties with the Island such as Spain, Canada, China and Japan, and with international organizations such as Caricom, the UN and the African Union.

Cuba’s truth moves the world.

Written by Jorge Lora

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