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ALBA Political Council condemns tightening of blockade against Cuba

ALBA Political Council condemns tightening of blockade against CubaHAVANA, Cuba, Sep 24 (ACN) The 19th Political Council of ALBA-TCP, held in New York in the framework of the UN General Assembly, condemned the tightening of the US government's economic blockade against Cuba.

The agreement was adopted by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America, according to Minrex's website.
In the document they regret the expulsion of two Cuban diplomats to the UN by the US State Department authorities on September 19, 2019.
They denounce the imposition of new unilateral coercive measures by the U.S. against the Cuban people, since recently the Trump administration has reduced the sending of remittances, restricted banking transactions, banned educational group trips to Cuba and unconventional blockade actions against the fuel supply to the island.
This supremacist policy of aggression has as its only aim to generate a diplomatic escalation leading to the closure of embassies in both countries, as well as to continue tightening the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba.
Resolution CP/RES. 1137 (2245/19) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted on September 11, 2019, is absolutely illegal and violates international law in form and substance because the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has not been part of the OAS since April 2019, nor of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (commonly known as Rio Pact) since it denounced the Agreement in May 2013.
Article 08 of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance is in line with the harassment and economic choking policy that the U.S. Government has been applying against the Venezuelan people in recent years, especially in the economic area.
The heads of foreign relations categorically reject the threats to the peace and territorial integrity of Venezuela posed by the convening of the Consultative Body of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, as well as the most recent actions that a small group of countries in different multilateral spaces have been pushing on this Treaty.
They assert that the only international body with the authority and capacity to declare a situation as a threat to international peace and security and to take action through the use of force is the UN Security Council.
The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) declared Latin America and the Caribbean a Zone of Peace "in which differences between nations are addressed through dialogue and negotiation or other forms of peaceful settlement established in international law.
For the countries of the Alliance, the exclusion of countries for political or ideological reasons is unacceptable and that is why we reiterate that the principle of the states' equality in the UN Charter must be respected when convening meetings on environmental issues that represent a global concern.

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