Cuba has the right to preserve its sovereignty and independence
Foreign Minister Winston Peters has reaffirmed the New Zealand government’s opposition to the illegal blockade of Cuba.
Minister Peters in replying to Jen Olsen, Coordinator of the Dunedin Branch NZ CFS, noted that New Zealand had consistently opposed the embargo against Cuba at the U.N and would welcome ‘all steps towards normalisation, including lifting the embargo”.
Jen had contacted Peters seeking the Governments endorsement of a Declaration Rejecting the Escalation of the U.S. Economic War against Cuba.
Initiated by the South Island Friendship Societies the declaration has now been endorsed by the CFS groups.
|Auckland CFS members picketing the US Consulate|
Also offering support have been several other groups and individuals including former MP Matt Robson, Prof Jane Kelsey and Robert Reid President, FIRST Union. Palestinian solidarity group Tauranga Moana 4 Palestine noted that Cuba has as always supported the Palestine struggle and reciprocity at this time was more than appropriate.
Others supporting the opposition to the embargo on include WISSE and the Alliance.
Leima Martínez Freire, Director Asia Pacific Desk at Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), in acknowledging the support from Aotearoa noted that “actions to demand the ending of the interventionist policies that US is trying to impose are the best example that Cuba is not isolated”. Cuba, she said, has the right to preserve its sovereignty and independence.
- The Helms-Burton is also illegal within the United States
- Cuba will never negotiate under pressure or threats
- CARICOM reaffirms great value of relations with Cuba
- Cuba is not frightened by the measures tightening the blockade