Cuban Foreign Minister: The blockade continues

El bloqueo aún persiste, aseguró canciller cubano

Minister of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, this afternoon September 9, presented the country's report on United Nations General Assembly Resolution 70/5, entitled, "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States on Cuba," in a Havana press conference.

During the reading of the report, which will be discussed for the 25th time by the General Assembly in October, the minister reaffirmed that the blockade continues despite statements made by the U.S. President almost two years ago calling for its end. This policy has been maintained and continues having a profound impact on the Cuban economy, and limiting the right to development of the Cuban people, the minister insisted.

"The blockade hurts the Cuban people. Need and hardship are daily occurrences for the Cuban family. The impact of the blockade on Cuba cannot be underestimated. It is the principal obstacle to national development," Rodríguez said.

"We recognize the progress in relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States, but effects include those on food, the pharmaceutical industry, foreign trade, and international cooperation, among others," he reported, adding that no sector is exempt from the blockade's impact, not health, social security, services, or education.

Between April of 2015 and March of 2016, the blockade's damage to Cuba has been estimated to be approximately 4.68 million dollars, Rodríguez reported.

"For these reasons, the Cuban government will present to the UN General Assembly, the report entitled The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States on Cuba," he said.



En octubre próximo la máxima instancia de la ONU discutirá el proyecto, no vinculante, que ha contado con el apoyo abrumador de la casi totalidad de sus miembros, en inequívoca condena a una política calificada por la comunidad internacional de obsoleta, hostil e injusta.

Las medidas promulgadas hasta el momento por la Casa Blanca han dado muestras de su limitado alcance y de lo mucho que el Presidente de EE.UU. aún puede hacer para modificar sustancialmente la aplicación del bloqueo recurriendo a sus prerrogativas ejecutivas.

El 27 de octubre del pasado año la comunidad internacional reunida en las Naciones Unidas manifestó su contundente rechazo a esta política con 191 votos a favor, 2 en contra (Israel y Estados Unidos) y ninguna abstención, sumando 24 votaciones en apoyo a la resolución cubana.

Impuesto oficialmente el 3 de febrero de 1962, es decir, en más de 54 años, el bloqueo de Estados Unidos contra Cuba le ha causado enormes daños humanos y económicos al país, afectando con ello a toda la sociedad cubana.