Ambassadors of several different Latin American countries reiterated their disagreement with the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba on Monday.
The declarations were made at the Ninth Meeting of the Latinamerican Association organized by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Caribbean (CELAC) in Trinidad and Tobago.
At the event, “The Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade against Cuba And The Current Cuban Economy”, Cuban Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Guillermo Vásquez Moreno explained that, “The blockade on Cuba inflicts significant damage to the well-being of the people and imposes serious obstacles to its economic, cultural and social development.”.
Venezuelan Ambassador, Coromoto Godoy Calderón, noted that the hardships imposed by the blockade have not affected Cuba’s solidarity with other nations in distress, as shown by their decision to send hundreds of medical personnel to West Africa to fight the Ebola virus.
She reiterated the message of President Nicolàs Maduro, who urged an end to the economic blockade that Cuba had suffered for more than half a century.
At the UN, Maduro called the blockade a “Cold War anachronism” and said, “What terrible damage this doomed policy, condemned for 22 consecutive years by the General Assembly, has caused the Cuban people…President Barack Obama, when will you lift the blockade and end the persecution of our sister Cuba?”