December 16, 2019

Caribbean countries demand end to US blockade of Cuba

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United Nations, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) Jamaica, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia are supporting a call for an end to the United States blockade of .
Speaking at the high-level segment of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness repeated his request for an end to that economic, commercial and financial siege.

For her part, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley expressed great pride of ‘having Cuba as a very dear friend’. 

Our relationship is based on a historic foundation rooted in solidarity, cooperation and complementariness, she added. 

The lengthy economic blockade against Cuba is a reason of serious concern, and I reaffirm Barbados’s strong opposition to this unilateral action, she underlined. 

In addition, the recent activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act imposes new restrictions and further worsens the situation. These continuous attempts at preventing the Cuban people from leaving with basic human dignity are unacceptable, she pointed out.

The Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Timothy Harris, said that Cuba has been a friend of that nation for a long time; therefore, his country will continue to support the call on Washington to end the unilateral action of imposing an economic and financial blockade that causes inestimable suffering to citizens.

According to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, the blockade imposed on Cuba undermines that country’s potential to achieve sustainable development and economic growth.

The imposition of unilateral coercive measures by virtue of the Helms-Burton Act is alien to international law and the United Nations Charter, he added.

For his part, the Premier of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Alphonso Browne, referred to the sanctions imposed on Venezuela and noted that ‘they follow the same formula to destabilize Cuba, stealing that territory’s considerable potential to fully contribute to world progress, peace and security.’

‘My Government once again calls on the United States to lift the weakening sanctions against Cuba.’

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, said that Venezuela is witnessing an illegal economic blockade, disturbingly similar to that of Cuba, which we annually and overwhelmingly denounce as immoral and anachronistic.’

Allen Michael Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, highlighted the solidarity with the Cuban people and criticized the embargo.

Since 1992, the UN General Assembly has approved 27 resolutions demanding that the US Government lift, unconditionally, its blockade of Cuba.

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