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JAMAICA | PNP concerned over increased United States sanctions on Cuba

Featured Opposition Leader and President of the Peoples National Party (PNP) Dr. Peter Phillips Opposition Leader and President of the Peoples National Party (PNP) Dr. Peter Phillips
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 15, 2019: The People’s National Party (PNP) is expressing grave concern about the increased economic sanctions on Cuba imposed by the United States authorities. The Party is again calling for an end to the 60 year old blockade against the sovereign nation.

The PNP’s renewed call comes after the decision of the US government to impose Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act which has the effect of tightening sanctions, causing the reintroduction of rationing of food and other supplies and unleashing untold suffering on the Cuban people.

PNP president Dr Peter Phillips said the Party is opposed to the implementation of Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act which represents a retrograde step and reverses the policies pursed by previous United States administrations.

“The Jamaican Parliament, spanning several administrations over the past decades, has voted unanimously against the economic blockade on Cuba as being discriminatory and counter productive.” the PNP president said. “We hope that this matter will be debated in the Parliament soon so that the whole country will again strengthen its call, as one voice, for an end to this blockade.”

Dr. Phillips said the continued discrimination against the legitimate right of the Cuban people to self-determination further adds an element of instability to the political and economic conditions of the Caribbean. This, he said, will set back the development potential of the people of the region.

“Cuba has always been a friend of Jamaica, responding to our needs for assistance in education, health and other areas and are deserving of our support.” Dr Phillips said.

He emphasized that the PNP remains committed to the rule of international law and the right of self-determination by all peoples. Dr Phillips said “The Party supports the people and government of the neighbouring nation state, as they continue to resist the attempts to infringe on their sovereignty.”

Only yesterday, CARICOM's Council for Foreign and Community Relations, denounced moves by the United States to increase its economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba by implementing Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

In a statement issued at the end of the two-day Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) meeting in Grenada, the COFCOR said it "is concerned that the new measures announced by the Government of the United States of America  would  have a greater adverse impact on the socio-economic development of Cuba and the well-being of the Cuban People. 

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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