CUBA seeks Jamaica's support in UN against 60 year old blocade

Cuban Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Ines Fors Fernandez

KINGSTON, May 31, 2021 - The government of Cuba is once again seeking the support of the government of Jamaica to vote in the United nations in June, against the economic and commercial and financial blockade that has been imposed by the United States against the people of Cuba for nearly sixty years.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Ines Fors Fernandez says “on 23 June 2021, the United Nations General Assembly will be examining for the twenty-ninth time in a row, the draft resolution entitled "Necessity of ending the economic, financial and commercial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba," in a significantly unfavorable context, marked by the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.”

Ambassador Fors Fernandez pointed out that the negative impact of the blockade has been  exacerbated and it is particularly cruel in the midst of confronting the pandemic.

She said “the United States government has made use of this policy and, in particular, its extraterritorial scope, to deprive the people of Cuba of the necessary supplies to prevent and treat the disease.”

The Cuban Ambassador lamented that  “the blockade is a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people. It constitutes the main obstacle for the economic and social development of the country, as well as for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.”

“In the last few years, the blockade has intensified and reached unprecedented levels of aggressiveness. Proof of this are the more than 240 measures adopted against Cuba by the United States government between 2017 and January 2021,” Ambassador Fors Fernandez said.

“The lawsuits filed under Title Ill of the Helms-Burton Act; the increased targeting of Cuba's financial and commercial transactions; the measures against family travel and remittances; and the unconventional actions against our fuel supplies, are some of the most distinctive examples,” she continued.

In addition to the above, the Cuban Ambassador pointed out that the US government has launched “an absurd campaign to discredit Cuban medical cooperation, which unsuccessfully attempts to soil the work of Cuban health professionals, recognized in the world for their humanistic and solidary essence.”

The international community has consistently voted in favor of putting an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba. At the 74th Session of the General Assembly, 187 Member States of the United Nations requested its elimination.

Ambassador Fors Fernandez said the government and people of Cuba highly appreciated Jamaica's traditional support for the lifting of this illegal policy, both at the United Nations and within the framework of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and has request the country’s  “valuable support against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for nearly six decades.”

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