Cuban Foreign Minister denounces #US maneuver to undermine international support for an end to the #blockade

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“It is regrettable that the US government advance in a course of confrontation against our country. Our response will be the firmness of principles, the intransigence in the defense of national sovereignty, as in these 60 years of Revolution.”


Yesterday afternoon, the United States permanent mission at the UN began circulating eight amendments to the Cuban resolution calling for an end to the blockade, reported Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla during a press conference at the ministry in Havana.

He reported that the amendments basically address aspects related to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and the human rights issue, a subject that the U.S. government attempts to use to discredit Cuba – unsuccessfully.

What is most interesting, Rodríguez said, is not the content of the proposed amendments, but rather the fact that the document was circulated surreptitiously by the U.S. State Department, signed by deputy assistant secretary Gonzalo Gallegos, in an effort to dissuade UN member countries from voting in favor of the Cuban resolution calling for an end to the blockade, which will be considered in the General Assembly this coming October 31.

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#US hostile rhetoric escalation

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By Cubaminrex

Statement by the Director General in charge of the United States, Carlos Fernández de Cossío.

The Director General in charge of the United States Carlos Fernández de Cossío alerted that in recent months the US government has escalated its hostile rhetoric against Cuba.  “It makes use of reiterated statements from high level  officials  aimed at manufacturing pretexts that steer toward a climate of greater bilateral tension”, said the official.

He clarified that “in a very specific way, the US government attempts to defend with any resource available the unilateral policy of economic blockade universally repudiated because of its criminal nature and for violating International Law.”

He stated that the US government “knows that it is a behavior that does not enjoy the support of US citizens nor of Cuban residents that live there” and he specified that US leaders attack the political, economic and social system chosen by the people of Cuba, disregarding the sovereign right of every nation to determine its own destiny.

“They have manufactured unfounded accusations against Cuba with the so called heath incidents, uttering defamatory imputations about the security of their diplomats in Cuba”, said Fernández de Cossío.

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Cuban Mother with Sick Child Calls #US #Blockade Criminal

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By Prensa Latina

The U.S. economic blockade against Cuba is criminal because it hinders access to life-saving medicines and resources, denounced Mayelin Jimenez, mother of an eight-year-old boy with cancer.

n an interview with Prensa Latina, she stated that the current blockade for almost six decades has forced the island to seek drugs, reagents and equipment necessary for the care of human beings affected by diseases in third countries and by other means.

A year and four months ago I found myself at the Institute of Oncology and Radiology in Havana with my child, where I have seen how he is guaranteed the medicines that his treatment takes, all this despite the criminal blockade, she insisted.

For Jimenez, it is incomprehensible and unfair that the United States sanctions a democratic country recognized for its commitment to the health of the population.

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#Cuba: No scientific evidence to prove alleged attacks on #US diplomats

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Cuba again categorically rejected the use of the term “attack,” without any evidence to support it, during a recent meeting between U.S. and Cuban scientific experts, to discuss the reported health problems of U.S. diplomats accredited to Havana.

As is known, throughout the months in which the investigation into the incidents has been conducted, Cuban scientists and specialists have not been allowed access to the doctors who evaluated the diplomatic personnel reporting different symptoms, or to their clinical information.

As a result of this recent exchange, the scientific grounds that disprove the occurrence of alleged incidents against U.S. diplomats in Havana were reiterated.

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Countries of the World Condemn #blockade against #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

The condemnation of the US blockade against Cuba grows today at the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly, a forum used by several countries to show support for that Caribbean island.

Upon arriving at its third day of debates, nations from different parts of the world have used this platform to express their rejection of the siege that the US government has imposed on Cuba for more than 55 years.

The day before, the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, said that his country ‘rejects in the clearest and most energetic way the illegal, inhuman and criminal economic and financial blockade’.

The United States has the obligation to make economic reparations for the damage caused to the Cuban people and, in addition, must comply with the resolutions of the General Assembly and immediately lift the blockade, he said.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, also joined this demand, expressing ‘solidarity with the heroic people of Cuba.’ 

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President #MiguelDíazCanel Bermúdez addresses the #UN General Assembly

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Madam President:

Mister Secretary-General:

It is impossible to be here, speak from this rostrum on behalf of Cuba, and not recall historic moments of the General Assembly which are also part of our dearest memories: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Raúl Castro and the “Chancellor of Dignity”, Raúl Roa, just to mention the most significant, have brought here not only the voice of our people but also the voice of other Latin American and Caribbean, African, Asian, non-aligned peoples, with whom we have shared more than half a century of struggles for a fair international order, which is still far off being attained.

It is absurd but consistent with the irrationality of a world in which the richest 0.7% of the population owns 46% of all the wealth, while the poorer 70% of the population can access only 2.7% of it; 3.460 billion people survive in poverty; 815 million go hungry; 758 million are illiterate and 844 million lack basic services of drinking water. All these figures, by the way, are prepared and regularly used by global organizations, but it seems that they have failed to raise sufficient awareness of the so-called international community.

These realities, Madam President, are not the result of socialism, like the President of the United States said yesterday here. They are the consequence of capitalism, especially imperialism and neoliberalism; of the selfishness and exclusion that is inherent to that system, and of an economic, political, social and cultural paradigm that privileges wealth accumulation in the hands of a few at the cost of the exploitation and dire poverty of the large majorities.

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#US Legislators Are Urged to Support Bills against #Cuba #Blockade

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By Prensa Latina

Participants in the Fourth Day Against the U.S. Blockade of Cuba visit offices of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to urge their members to support legislative projects aimed at lifting that policy.

At the same time, the members in the solidarity action initiated yesterday and that will last until next Friday call for an end to travel bans to Cuba.

Prior to Tuesday’s meetings in offices of U.S. legislators, which will continue tomorrow, people in solidarity with Cuba were yesterday in a lecture offered at the Institute of Political Studies.

Participants to the initiative, from Alabama, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, California, Maryland and this capital, shared strategies and priorities on how to address what has been an intransigent Congress primarily when talking about Cuba.

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