Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cuba Denounces New US Maneuver at the UN to Prolong Blockade
The Cuban Foreign Minister offers a press conference before international media. | Photo:

Published 24 October 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba denounced that the government of the United States carried out a new political maneuver aimed at justifying the economic blockade on the island.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, denounced on Wednesday that the United States government is carrying out a new political and diplomatic maneuver aimed at justifying the economic, financial and commercial blockade against the island.

In addition, the Foreign Minister pointed out that the Permanent Mission of the United States Before the UN, since Tuesday night, has been pressing countries to change their position in the run-up to the vote of the resolution condemning the blockade at the United Nations, which will be held on October 31.

With this aim, Rodriguez announced that the US diplomatic mission is circulating a document that brings together eight amendments to the resolution condemning the blockade that annually all countries vote virtually unanimously in the UN General Assembly.

"This is a maneuver for propaganda purposes (...) to manipulate public opinion," said the Cuban foreign minister, while reminding that "too often the US government attacks the UN and makes it difficult to apply its mandates."

"It is the duty of any diplomat to defend the truth (...), to prevent the violation of procedures and the attack on sovereign states," Rodríguez added.

Finally, the diplomat stressed that the repeated statements by the Trump administration against Cuba are aimed at "leading to a climate of greater bilateral tension."

Since 1962 the U.S. has blockaded Cuba economically, commercially and financially. Listed as the longest in the history of mankind, the blockade affects every form of development of the Caribbean country. It constitutes a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people and is rejected in the world.

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