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THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS WILL VOTE ON THE CUBAN RESOLUTION AGAINST THE BLOCKADE ON OCTOBER 27

VALIDITY AND CONTINUITY OF THE BLOCKADE POLICY AGAINST CUBA; THE EXTRATERRITORIAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA IS A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.

 

New York, 6 October, 2015. The United Nations General Assembly will take action next October 27 on the draft resolution entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”, which will be submitted by the Cuban Delegation to that international body.

Despite the measures announced by President Barack Obama during recent months and his stated willingness to engage in a debate with the Congress to lift the blockade, the laws and regulations underpinning this policy continue to be in force and implemented with utmost severity by the United States Government, especially, by the Department of Treasury and Commerce, and in particular, by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

The main objective of the blockade, officially in place since the beginning of 1960, remains causing damage and suffering to the Cuban people.

In the period from June 2014 to June 2015, Cuba’s international commercial and financial operations continued to be persecuted; in like manner, third countries were harassed and suffered reprisals for maintaining normal relations with the island. This actions were aimed at keeping imposing the American legislation over the world, and, with this, the rules of international law and the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter were infringed.

Just from January 2009 to June 2015, the blockade has obliged 42 US and foreign entities to pay 13 279 148 196 USD because of their relations with Cuba and other countries.

The overwhelming majority of the international community has condemned the blockade policy against Cuba with, among other things, the adoption of the resolution at the General Assembly, which, for twenty-three years in a row, has called for the end of such criminal policy.

 

 

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