THE Cuban National Assembly of the People’s Power has charged that the US blockade against the communist island is tailored to cause “hunger, despair and the downfall of the Cuban government”.
In a resolution passed on Friday, the National Assembly’s International Relations Commission rejected any policy that was contrary to the principles of international law and to the United Nations Charter and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.
“We condemn the policy of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba,” the commission’s declaration reads in part. “We invite the Congress of the United States of America to listen to the opinions of the majority in broad sectors of US society who are advocating putting an end to the blockade, and thereby to put an end to this obsolete policy against Cuba. We urge the parliamentarians of the world to reinforce the international claims to put an end to that policy which is so injurious for the rights of the Cuban people and third States.”
The parliamentarians noted that the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, from the start of its implementation in October 1960, constituted the most unfair, severe and prolonged system of unilateral sanctions ever applied on any country.
They argued the unlawful policy against Cuba maintained the same genocidal aims that in April 1960 moved then-Assistant Secretary of State Lestor Mallory to acknowledge that the blockade sought to cause “hunger, despair and the downfall of the Cuban government”.
They stressed the blockade was a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people and the principal obstacle for the development of the Cuban economy, and for implementation of the National, Economic and Social Development Plan, Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.
“Signifying that the damages accumulated by the blockade during close to six decades have reached the figure of 933,678 billion dollars, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar in comparison to the price of gold on the international market and that at today’s prices the blockade has caused calculable harm for over 134,499 billion dollars; and between April of 2017 and March of 2018, the blockade has caused Cuba losses in amounts of around 4, 321, 200 billion dollars,” the statement reads.
The deputies stated that the intensification of the permanent persecution of Cuban financial transactions and Cuba’s banking and loan operations on a world scale, was something that had severely harmed the country’s economy, in particular, commercial activities of companies and the national banks in their dealings with international banking.
They explained that the human and economic damage caused by the economic, commercial and financial blockade was growing.
Since 1992, the United National General Assembly has requested in 26 resolutions the need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the US government, and 191 of the 193 UN member States supported the most recent Resolution A/RES/72/4, approved on the first of November of 2017 but Washington remains unmoved.
The parliamentarians also noted that bilateral relations between the US and Cuba had taken steps backwards and that the US government of Donald Trump had decided to “intensify the economic, commercial and financial blockade by imposing new obstacles to the already limited possibilities of its business community to do business with and invest in Cuba and imposing additional restrictions on its citizens to travel to Cuba.”
“We call on the parliamentarians of all nations to make statements to encourage and support their respective foreign offices in their support of the draft resolution entitled “Need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”, which will once again be presented before the General Assembly next October 31 of 2018,” urged the Cuban National Assembly.