Demand to End blockade versus Cuba at the UN General Assembly
- Submitted by: manso
- 09 / 26 / 2011
By: Ileana Ferrer Fonte. United Nations, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina)The issue is included in the world forum's program under the heading: "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba," to be debated in October. For 20th consecutive year, the world demand for an end of the U.S. blockade of Cuba has gained strength at the UN General Assembly's plenary session, after fourth days of discussions.
When presenting the demand before the 193 UN member States, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said: "The path to peace and reconciliation is to end the blockade of Cuba."
Shortly before, Surinam's president, Desire Delano Bouterse, stated that the U.S. siege makes the Cuban people's situation more difficult and has a negative effect on the future.
In his speech, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo recalled the historic stance of his country, Latin America and the Caribbean in favor of an immediate end to that measure.
In turn, the Bolivian head of State, Evo Morales, noted that every year, almost 100 percent of the UN members, except the United States and Israel, demand that U.S. blockade of Cuba be lifted.
In the same way, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom rejected the practice of imposing sanctions and coercive measures adopted unilaterally, and urged the U.S. government to lay down the economic embargo on Cuba."
On the third day of debates, El Salvador's president, Mauricio Funes, linked his criticism of the blockade to the importance of a strong, united Latin America.
Meanwhile, Grenada's prime minister, Tillman Thomas, stated that the blockade of Cuba is a Caribbean concern and "all but some UN members" have consistently voted for its removal.
The prime ministers of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves; Antigua and Barbuda, Winston Baldwin Spencer, and Barbados, Freundel Stuart, as well as Saint Kitts and Nevis's foreign minister, Sam T. Condor, also referred to the subject in their speeches.
In similar terms, South African President Jacob Zuma repeated his call for an end to the U.S. economic, trade and financial blockade of Cuba, while his Tanzanian counterpart, Jakaya Mrsiho Kikwete, said this is the longest blockade in history.
Timor Leste's prime minister, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao, Lesotho's Pakalitha Betuel Mosisili, Guinea Bissau's Carlos Gomes, and Namibian Head of State Hifikepunye Pohamba, also favored the lifting of Washington's blockade of Cuba.
Vanuatu's head of Government, Meltek Sato Livtunvanu, and Solomon Islands's Danyy Philip also denounced the U.S.-imposed blockade on Cuba.
This will be the 20th consecutive year the UN Assembly discusses the subject, and like the 19 previous times, it is expected that the plenary will condemn Washington's siege of Cuba for the last 50 years.
During the previous session of the UN General Assembly, 187 countries voted for Cuba's resolution against the blockade, while the United States and Israel voted against it, and the Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia abstained.