Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) gestures to the media next to Cuba's Vice president Esteban Lazo at Havana's Jose Marti Airport January 11, 2012. Iran's leader is visiting four Latin American states., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
September 13, 2012
Cuba denounces obstacles to peaceful use of nuclear energy
VIENNA.—Cuba has lodged a complaint with the executive of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concerning the country’s limited access to radioactive materials related to health and food security as a result of the U.S. blockade of the island.
"I am obliged, once again, to bring to the attention of the executive, the fact that our country is also suffering in this area the serious consequences of the illegal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States," stated Rodolfo Benítez, Cuban IAEA representative.
He recalled that the Washington-imposed blockade, in place for 50-plus years, also prevents third country ships from docking in U.S. ports for a six-month period after having used Cuban ports.
This directly affects supplies of radioactive material required in vital service sectors such as health and food security, to mention the most important, he noted.
In this context, Bernítez called on the IAEA secretariat to continue working, with the participation and cooperation of all member states, to attain the effective transportation of radioactive materials.
At the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Bernítez also urged the reduction to a minimum of rejections and delays in the transportation of radioactive materials.
This must be a constant task of nations promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy to the benefit of humanity, he emphasized. (PL)