Havana, Friday 16 de November de 2018 02:18 am

Cuban FM: The blockade is an act of genocide against the Cuban people

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HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 1 (ACN) Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, described the commercial, economic and financial blockade against the island as an act of genocide against the Cuban people, in his speech in the sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.

The diplomat took the floor to present a Cuban resolution calling for the immediate cessation of this hostile policy, whose impact on the Cuban people qualifies as an act of genocide in accordance with the 1948 convention on the subject and other norms of international law.

In his words, Rodríguez Parrilla presented several examples of Cuban children with severe illnesses, whose lives were saved by the professionalism and dedication of medical personnel, despite the fact that the blockade rules prevent access to treatments, technologies and medicines that are vital to diagnose and treat them.

During 2017 more than 30 U.S. companies refused to sell Medicuba medicines and equipment essential to our health system or did not respond to repeated requests from our companies, but in recent times has been the signing of agreements between Cuban and U.S. entities to expand collaboration in health, said the Cuban foreign minister.

Rodriguez Parrilla saidthe blockade is the main cause that limits the flow of information and broad Internet access for Cubans, as well as cultural exchanges and compliance with immigration agreements between the two nations, causing estrangement between families.

In his speech, the Cuban diplomat accused the U.S. State Department of presenting amendments and a shameless document with the intention of adulterating the nature and focus of the resolution against the blockade and fabricate a pretext to obtain a sort of international endorsement that justifies continuing to harden this policy.

The FM described as misleading the text of the amendments, which have the objective of creating confusion, abusing time and producing fatigue in the Assembly, which is a dishonest trick.

If the U.S. government wants to debate and vote on initiatives on human rights or the Sustainable Development Goals, we are ready to do so immediately in any body, at any time and under any agenda item, said Rodriguez Parrilla, who recalled Cuba's active participation in the UN Commission on Human Rights and international cooperation mechanisms.

He pointed out that the United States has no moral authority to criticize Cuba or anyone else and rejected the use of human rights for political purposes, especially because of the countless examples of the violation of human rights in the exercise of U.S. foreign policy and within its own territory.

With its attacks on legitimate governments such as Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia, the U.S. government intends to exercise imperial domination in Latin America and once again invokes the old aggressive and dangerous Monroe Doctrine and gunboat diplomacy, the diplomat said.

The quantifiable damages accumulated by the blockade reach almost 934 billion dollars taking into account the depreciation of the dollar, and last year alone that figure rose to 4.3 billion. With income foregone from exports and costly trade, Cuba's GDP would have grown at an average annual rate of 10 percent over the past decade, Rodríguez Parrilla said.

He highlighted how, in spite of the above, Cuba has achieved progress in its path, human development and social justice, and one example of this is the popular discussion of the new Constitution, in the process of which there is no room for the interference of any foreign power.

The escalation of pronouncements, acts and threats against Cuba has no other objective than to lead to a greater bilateral tension, and in this branch there are more and more visible personalities who have a long history of conspiracy to provoke a bilateral crisis.

The Chancellor recalled the words of September 26, 2018 by the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, which reinforce the willingness to dialogue for peaceful coexistence within deep differences but based on mutual respect, sovereign equality and benefit of both peoples.

 

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