Havana, Thursday 14 de November de 2019 04:41 am

US blockade hinders Cuba's sustainable development, progressive leaders say at UN

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HAVANA, Nov 6 (ACN) The Group of 77 +China denounced today at the UN General Assembly that Cuba's development is unjustly undermined by the US economic, commercial and financial blockade.
During the first day of debates in that international forum on the draft resolution presented by Cuba against that policy, Riyad Mansour, representative of the State of Palestine, said that if the blockade continues, it would be impossible for the Caribbean island to continue advancing towards sustainable development, in accordance with the commitment contained in Agenda 2030.

Mansour expressed the Group's firm support for the draft resolution and the call to put an end to the American blockade once and for all.

In addition, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), in the voice of its representative, Azeri Yashar T. Aliyer, described the blockade against Cuba and its illegal character as a sign of the violation of international law and the United Nations Charter.

For his part, Mohamed Khaled Khiari, on behalf of the African Group at the UN, recalled that this multilateral forum continues to be rooted in its call to end the blockade, and expresses its deep concern against the sanctions imposed on the Cuban population for decades.

At the same time, Keisha A. McGuire, representing the Caribbean Community of States (Caricom), highlighted Cuba's contribution to Caribbean countries in fields such as health, education, human resource training, projects to improve ports, and tackling climate change, which is a tangible manifestation of its commitment to the region.

The UN General Assembly began today in New York the debate on the draft resolution "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the USA against Cuba".

More than 40 representatives of delegations from various countries are expected to take the floor today in an effort to explain their vote on the draft resolution, which has received overwhelming support from the international community on 28 occasions.

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