October 24 2015
by Bernardo Guanche Hernández, Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica at a public function organized by the Jamaica-Cuba Friendship Association, October 24, 2015.
It is an honour for me and all Cubans present here to share this activity that has been organized by the Jamaica-Cuba Friendship Association with the support of other friendship groups.
October is an important month for Cubans, which bring to our minds the courage of our people and of its historic leader during the days of the October Crisis. The tenth month of the year reminds us of the death in battle of Ernesto Che Guevara, the horrible crime of Barbados and the physical disappearance of Camilo Cienfuegos. The month of October is also one of the most important for Cuban Culture. On October, the notes of our national anthem was sung for the first time in Bayamo, a date we have just celebrated in the recent day.
During the last years, in October, at the United Nations, Cuba has received the support of the majority of the countries of the world against the US blockade.
For 55 years, the cruel policy of economic strangulation against our country has been kept. The blockade has been and continues to be a flagrant violation of International Law; it is contrary to the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and constitutes a violation of the right to peace, development and security of a sovereign State.
The establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States has been an initial positive step in the process towards the normalization of bilateral relations. Nevertheless, after December 17, the implementation of the blockade against Cuba has remained unchanged. Actually, under President Obama’s administration, the blockade has been further tightened and its extraterritorial implementation has been intensified.
President Obama has broad possibilities to significantly modify the implementation of the blockade by making use of his executive powers, without requiring the support of the US Congress.
For its part, the US Congress has not approved any of the bills seeking to eliminate some of the blockade regulations.
Based on all of the above, Cuba will reiterate the appeal to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, in the new draft resolution to be presented on October 27, 2015.
This takes into account the new bilateral circumstances between Cuba and the United States, welcoming the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and recognizing the willingness expressed by the US President to work for the lifting of the blockade.
The international community’s mobilizing role in support of the lifting of the blockade imposed against Cuba is essential and will be an important factor in support of President Obama and those members of US Congress who favor the end of this cruel policy, in face of their adversaries and critics. The international solidarity and support that Cuba has received during these long and tough years has been crucial to the change of US Cuba policy. The blockade against Cuba should cease.
In spite of blockade, Cuba will continue contributing to the social development of others. Cuba shares its modest resources with many other developing countries through genuine international cooperation. The collaboration Cuba maintains in Jamaica in health, education and other areas is an example of this.
Today it is very important to remember also that acting in the light of the process towards the normalization of relations between the Republic of Cuba and the United States of América, which is an element that contributes to the stability of Latin America and the Caribbean, we consider that the return to the Republic of Cuba of the territory occupied by the US Naval Base in Guantanamo should be an essential element of that process.
I´d like to express our gratitude to all the friends of Cuba who have gathered here this morning. On behalf of my country, let me again thank you very much for your support and solidarity.
Long live the Friendship between Jamaica and Cuba
Viva la Amistad entre Jamaica y Cuba!