U.S. Blockade Harms Cuban Relations Worldwide

Havana, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) – The U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba for over half a century is not just a bilateral matter, as it affects relations with the world, said Deputy Director of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pedro Luis Pedroso.

Washington uses such a pretext but nothing is further from the truth, this stand is absolutely lacking credit, said Pedroso in remarks to Prensa Latina.

The Cuban diplomat explained that the laws of the blockade are aimed at preventing Cuba from all possibility to have normal relations with other countries.

“The blockade is extraterritorial and this nature is codified in laws like the Helms Burton Act and the Torricelli Law,” he said.

Pedroso said that the international stand rejecting that U.S. policy in the United Nations since 1992 is very clear because the blockade is also an action against the world, in violation of the nations’ sovereignty, in violation of international law, the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and all regulations of the World Trade Organization.

The blockade is also rejected in every international event, he noted. Even in U.S. political and business sectors the blockade is considered an obsolete policy that must be lifted, he said.

On October 28 there will be a new voting at the UN on Cuban Foreign Ministry’s report entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

According to the document, damages caused by the blockade amount to over one thrillion USD.