UN: U.S. blockade limits Cuba’s economic development

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Havana, Nov 6 (ACN) Representatives of several countries denounced today before the General Assembly of the United Nations that the US blockade against Cuba prevents the largest of the Antilles from incorporating itself fairly into international trade, which limits the development of its people.

During the debate of a draft resolution presented by the Antillean nation on the need to put an end to that policy, the delegate from Kenya wondered if unilateral sanctions can continue to be tolerated by this multilateral body, which destroy lives and ways of life and have an impact on individuals and institutions, especially vulnerable.

Unilateral measures are a clear abuse of human rights and the UN must not allow sanctions and blockades to become instruments to leave Cuba behind and must end, he said.

Bashar Jaafari, delegate from the Syrian Arab Republic, confirmed his country’s willingness to continue supporting the largest of the Antilles in its position of rejection of the blockade imposed almost 60 years ago by the White House.

The condemnation is no longer enough in light of the escalation policy of the United States, which goes beyond Cuba; it is a collective punishment, said the representative.

The delegate from the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria reaffirmed his country’s concern over Cuba’s economic difficulties in the face of the US blockade, and he stated that this meeting is a reminder of the need to defend the guiding principles of the United Nations (UN).

Cuba has the right to expand its trade with foreign partners, like any member of the UN, he said.

Today more than ever it is important to revive the dynamism of a few years ago in U.S.-Cuba relations in order to open a path towards the full restoration of relations and the lifting of the blockade, he said.

The Delegate of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic pointed out that the application of unilateral and extraterritorial measures undermines the national development of other countries.

For this reason, putting an end to the US blockade will not only be mutually beneficial for the countries concerned, but for the entire world because it will create an environment conducive to dialogue and cooperation and it will allow Cuba to participate fairly in world trade, he said.

The General Assembly of the United Nations began today in New York the debate on the draft resolution “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.

According to the report presented this time by Cuba, this hostile policy has caused this Caribbean country in almost six decades of application, material losses that exceed 138,840 million dollars, and incalculable human damages.

The document states that more than 77 percent of the Cuban population was born and grew up under the siege imposed by Washington, considered the main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy.

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