Cuba Presents New Report Against the Blockade at the UN

The following article appeared in the digital edition of Granma on October 31, 2002.

Cuba has reiterated the need to end the economic, commercial and financial U.S. blockade against the island in a report to the UN Secretary General on Resolution 56/9 of the UN General Assembly.

The document, currently circulating within the UN and to be discussed at the General Assembly on November 12, sustains that the Cuban people continue being the victims of a genocidal blockade imposed by the U.S. government in an effort to undermine their adhesion to the exercise of self-determination and their will for independence, social justice and equality.

It highlights that for over 42 years, successive U.S. administrations have consistently attempted to provoke hunger and sickness among the Cuban people, whose material, psychological and spiritual well-being is still being affected by that policy under which six out of every 10 inhabitants have been born and have lived. The report also denounces that during this last year, the government of George W. Bush has strengthened its aggressive economic policy, in open violation of the stipulations adopted by the General Assembly.

In terms of economic losses alone, the report reveals that, to date, financial losses have totaled more than $70 billion dollars during the 40-plus years of the blockade’s imposition.

It warned that the non-objection of the U.S. administration to the sale of a certain volume of foodstuffs to Cuba cannot be interpreted as a relaxation of its hostile policy towards the Cuban people, because the purchases had to be effected under strict restrictions and overcoming numerous obstacles.

The document subsequently points out that, through the Torricelli and Helms-Burton Acts, the United States has institutionalized and systematized an extraterritorial application of its blockade against Cuba in third countries.

On account of all the foregoing points, the Cuban exposé placed before the UN secretary general, it is of extraordinary importance that the international community should once again overwhelmingly reaffirm its call to end the economic, commercial and financial U.S. blockade of Cuba. (AIN)