Cuban Foreign Minister:

U.S. attempts to block UN vote against blockade


HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 31 (ACN) Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said that the U.S.government, in its desire to create greater tensions and increase hostility, is placing obstacles in the way of the upcoming UN vote against the blockade.

According to Prensa Latina, Minister Rodriguez a explained that Washington, in its attempts to increase hostility against Cuba, had no limits in creating difficulties for the General Assembly, which is an international, universal and democratic organ of the United Nations.

In this sense, he explained that the U.S. Department of State originally presented a few days ago a text of eight paragraphs of amendments to the draft resolution 'Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba'.

But it then viciously divided that document into eight separate amendments that it will submit tomorrow to the U.N. General Assembly for analysis, he added.

All of this shows the evident purpose of creating a pretext to harden the blockade and try to present the illusion that there is international support for that policy, the Cuban foreign minister said.

In this way, he added, the U.S. delegation seeks to disturb, consume time, create confusion and hinder the adoption of the resolution calling for an end to the blockade against Cuba.

The amendments presented by the United States aim to change the nature of the resolution opposing the blockade, with emphasis on its extraterritorial application, he explained.

Instead, he said, the United States wants to turn it into a resolution containing attacks against Cuba in the area of human rights, which is totally unjustified.

Cuba has presented this draft resolution in the last 26 years and, this time, the United States is seeking to obstruct the adoption of the resolution, thus concealing 'the flagrant and systematic massive violation suffered by the Cuban people, which is precisely the application of the blockade,' he said.

The northern delegation forces the UN General Assembly to pronounce on eight documents of amendments, all aggressive against Cuba, all manipulators of the cause of human rights and the Objectives of Sustainable Development, denounced the foreign minister.

As he explained, there are other UN bodies and instances where it would be appropriate to have a conversation on human rights.

Unlike in previous years, Wednesday morning's session will see a debate in the General Assembly on the resolution presented by Cuba, and speeches by groups of countries and member states will be heard.

The vote on the draft resolution calling for an end to the blockade will take place on Thursday, because instead of facilitating a brief vote as in previous years, the U.S. Department of State seeks to alter the process and analyze eight different amendments, underscored the Foreign Minister.

We are confident that the amendments will be rejected and that the resolution will receive overwhelming majority support, as has happened in the past.

Source: Abel González Alayón
Chief-Editor Language Department
Cuban News Agency

US attempts to sabotage

UN blockade vote


 
The US government is attempting to sabotage the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) vote on the blockade of Cuba, due to take place this Wednesday 31 October 2018.

For the last 26 years, Cuba has presented a resolution calling for an end to the US blockade against the island to the UNGA. In recent years the vote has been practically unanimous in its support for Cuba, with only the US and Israel voting against.

However, just days before this year’s vote, the United States’ permanent mission at the UN began circulating eight amendments in an attempt to pressure countries to vote against the original Cuban resolution calling for an end the US blockade.
 
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Speaking at a press conference in Havana last week, Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez said that the amendments attempt to discredit Cuba and influence the votes of member states. What is most interesting, he noted, is not the content of the proposed amendments, but rather the fact that the document was circulated surreptitiously by the US State Department.

The United Nations has traditionally voted overwhelmingly to condemn the blockade. Last year, the resolution was adopted by the 193-member General Assembly with 191 votes in favour.

“We regret the US government is advancing on a course of confrontation with Cuba,” Rodriguez told the press conference and accused the Trump administration of using human rights as a pretext to justify the blockade that “causes significant human damage to our people, deprivations, shortage, difficulties” and itself “violates the human rights of the Cuban people.”

The US blockade has cost the Cuban economy more than $933 billion dollars since it was imposed almost 60 years ago. Under President Donald Trump it has been tightened, and his pro-blockade appointments to the US State Department have stated their intention to ramp up economic pressure against the island.

In advance of the vote, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign also sent a letter to Alan Duncan MP, Foreign Office Minister for Europe and the Americas, pointing out the many ways the extraterritorial aspects of the blockade impacted on British trade and relations with Cuba. Following the action of the US State Department at the United Nations, a further letter has been sent calling on the British government to maintain its vote against the blockade at the UN, and not support US amendments which will further damage fragile Cuba-US relations.



Text UK Cuba Solidarity Campaign