Permanent Mission to UN

U.S. Government extends another year the implementation of the blockade against Cuba

New York, September 8.-
The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the government of the United States against Cuba continues to be fully effective, despite the continuous calls from the international community for its end. The main objective of this policy, officially in force since early 1960s, is still causing harm and suffering to the Cuban people.

In recent days, the United States president, Barack Obama, extended one more year the measures of commercial blockade against Cuba, the White House said today. In a memorandum sent to the Secretaries of State, John Kerry, and Treasury, Jack Lew, Obama announced his decision to maintain the blockade because he considers it is of “national interest for the United States”.

The renewal of such Act, banning U.S. enterprises from doing business with the Island, has a routine nature, and Obama’s predecessors have also extended it annually for over 50 years.

The Trading with the Enemy Act, which dates from 1917 and was passed in the light of the United States entry into World War I, forbids U.S. firms to commercialize with hostile countries. In the case of Cuba, it is the longest blockade of a country against another in History, and is rejected by the overwhelming majority of nations in the planet.

The economic blockade imposed on Cuba has been expanded and reinforced with other U.S. Acts, such as the Torricelli Act of 1992 preventing the shipment of food to Cuba – except for humanitarian aid – and the Helms-Burton Act of 1996.

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