Cuba commits to regional integration at CELAC summit

Source:  Cuban News Agency, ACN

January 7 2022

Buenos Aires, Jan 7 (Prensa latina) Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Friday ratified his country’s commitment to strengthening the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as a mechanism for political coordination for regional integration

.Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla called today for unity and solidarity among Latin American and Caribbean nations, in defense of their interests of peace, independence, sovereign equality, sustainable development and social justice.

During the 22nd Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held today in Argentina, Rodriguez Parrilla ratified his country’s unwavering commitment to regional integration.

The head of Cuba’s diplomacy, in his speech, reiterated the firm will to preserve CELAC as a genuinely Latin American and Caribbean mechanism for political coordination, and stressed the full validity of the postulates of the proclamation of the region as a Zone of Peace.

He also recognized the commendable efforts made by Mexico, in its Pro Tempore Presidency, to revitalize CELAC and maintain its activism in the midst of the various challenges generated by the pandemic.

Cuban diploamt also expressed Cuba’s solidarity with that South American country in its claim to the International Monetary Fund for a solution to the inherited debt, as well as its support for Argentina’s sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas.

The 22nd Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is taking place today at the San Martin Palace in Buenos Aires, with the participation of representatives of the 33 Member States. 

Cuban FM: America is directly involved in organizing unrest


SANAA, Jul. 14 (YPA) – Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez accused the United States of being directly involved in organizing the protests and unrest in Cuba since last Sunday.

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Rodriguez stressed that “Washington bears great responsibility for the events” in which those who said they “receive funding and instructions from abroad, and who travel in cars with diplomatic status, and who meet with American diplomats” participated.

An unconventional war in which social networks promote destabilization in Cuba

The Cuban minister stressed that his country is exposed to the effects of an unconventional war, in which social networks are used to promote destabilization operations in Cuba, explaining in this context that “Washington funded a campaign to promote riots on the Caribbean island, through the Twitter application, which is based in California.” .

Bruno Rodriguez also pointed out that this strategy “includes calls for violence, attacking the authorities, assassinations and promoting the flow of irregular migration between the two countries,” stressing that “these actions are promoted from the accounts of groups and companies based in the United States, and funded with government funds.”

Rodriguez revealed that one of the accounts is located abroad, which posted more than a thousand messages on Twitter, on July 10 and 11.

“Through the use of social media and the media machine, the United States has sought to create chaos and instability to break the constitutional order, social consensus and harmony that pervades the Caribbean island,” the Cuban foreign minister said.

Listen to the international community

The Cuban foreign minister rejected the statements of US President Joe Biden, in which the latter expressed his concern about the recent unrest in Cuba without referring to the impact of the embargo, noting that “the American president can ease the policy of this blockade towards the island instead of keeping it amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.” “.

“Biden should listen to his fellow citizens who speak mostly against the embargo and the possibility of traveling around the world,” he said, and called on the White House chief to listen to the international community who rejects the embargo policy against Cuba.

On Monday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel accused the United States of “following a policy of economic strangulation to foment social unrest” on the island and “regime change” there.

This was preceded by Díaz-Canel’s call for Cuban revolutionaries to take to the streets to confront “foreign-backed attempts to destabilize Cuba”.

He considered that “the measures taken by the United States of America against Havana are aimed at stifling the economy to open the country to foreign interference that ends with military intervention.”

The Cuban Ministry of the Interior announced on Tuesday that the demonstrations and disturbances that erupted on Sunday in a suburb of the capital resulted in the death of a man who “was participating in them.”

The ministry said it “regrets the death of this person” in the Guinera neighborhood of the capital’s suburbs, the official Cuban News Agency reported.

Earlier on Sunday, the US president’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said that “Washington supports freedom of expression and demonstration throughout Cuba.”

It is noteworthy that Cuba has been subject to an American embargo for nearly 60 years, which has prevented humanitarian aid from reaching the country during the epidemic, which has led to a deterioration in the economic situation in the recent period.

The Cuban government had denounced calls from abroad to stir up chaos and civil disobedience, and to take advantage of the difficult situation on the Caribbean island as a result of the outbreak of the epidemic and the intensification of the American blockade

US causes millions dollars losses to Cuba, even during Covid-19

Source: Cuba Inside the World

October 22 2020

US causes millions dollars losses to Cuba, even during Covid-19

For the first time in almost 60 years, the damages caused by the US blockade against Cuba exceed five billion dollars in one year, reported today the island’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez.‘From April 2019 to March 2020, the US blockade against Cuba caused damages of 5.57 billion dollars,’ he said.

As the holder of this portfolio said, the U.S. government has intensified measures against the island taking advantage of the conditions of the pandemic, it is an act of economic warfare and the cruelty of its application in this context is unprecedented.

Rodriguez offered this information during the presentation of the report on the damages caused by the U.S. government’s policy of blockade for almost 60 years.

According to the Foreign Minister, the accumulated damages in these almost six decades at current prices amount to 143,413 billion dollars.

‘If the depreciation of the dollar is taken into account, these data exceed one trillion dollars, which for a small economy like Cuba’s is an overwhelming burden,’ he said.The minister denounced that the White House has applied unconventional and improper measures against fuel supplies to Cuba. They harm the people, the families, the Cubans living abroad, and at the same time they restrict the U.S. citizens’ rights, which contradicts the democratic values of that country, he said.

He explained that this hostile policy makes communication, travel, visas and family reunification difficult.

It affects businessmen and US economic actors, as well as is detrimental to the national interest of that country that suffers deep isolation and discredit with its allies, Rodriguez denounced.

According to the foreign minister, the extraterritorial nature of this siege violates international law and damages multilateralism.

‘It is deeply immoral and illegitimate and it is surprising that more and more incredible slanders are being used against Cuba,’ he said

U.S. blockade and terrorism denounced

Source:  Granma
September 7 2017

By  Nuria Barbosa León |

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The Third Days of Action Against the Blockade will take place in Washington D.C., September 11-16, with activities centered on denouncing damage caused to the island’s healthcare system by the hostile policy, with the participation of U.S. students pursuing medical degrees on the island and renowned Cuban doctors.

With the aim of increasing pressure on the U.S. government to lift the criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba, activists and solidarity organizations are taking part in an a series of events entitled: “Tenemos Memoria. Solidaridad Vs el Bloqueo” (“We remember. Solidarity vs. The Blockade”).
Activities began on September 4, at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), with a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the murder of young Italian Fabio Di Celmo at Havana’s Copacabana; a victim of terrorism.

fernando 50.jpgTribute was also paid to Fabio’s father, Giustino, who has fought tirelessly against terrorism. In this regard, decorated Hero of the Republic of Cuba and ICAP President Fernando González Llort  (photo) stated that “We are obligated to remind the U.S. government of the historic debt they owe the Cuban people.”

Meanwhile, a marathon organized by the International Cuba Solidarity Committee, to denounce the U.S. blockade, will take place on September 9.

run against the blockade 2The 57th anniversary of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) will also be commemorated, with the race set to start outside the north balcony of the Museum of the Revolution – where the island’s largest mass organization was founded by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz on September 28, 1960 – while runners will finish at the José Martí anti-imperialist Tribunal by Havana’s waterfront Malecón.

Similar activities will also be held in cities across the country – from Cabo de San Antonio in the far west of the island to Maisí in the east – where CDR members, youths, children, sports fans and the population in general will take to the streets, avenues, and mountainous trails as they participate in various races and walks, in a clear demonstration of support for the Revolution and condemnation of U.S. imperialism.

Meanwhile, the Third Days Against the Blockade will take place in Washington D.C., from September 11-16, where activities will be centered on denouncing the damage caused the island’s healthcare sector by the cruel policy; with the participation of young students from the Havana-based Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) and renowned Cuban doctors.

Dare to Dream

The event will take place across various universities in the U.S. capital and Maryland, and include activities such as the screening of a documentary about ELAM, entitled “Dare to Dream,” by director Jennifer Wager. Fifty letters will also be sent to U.S. Senators and government representatives requesting meetings to discuss issues linked to the blockade.
Participants will likewise attend community events to denounce the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States toward Cuba, signed by President Donald Trump, in Miami, Florida, last June 16, which reverses some of the advances made in the process toward the normalization of relations between the two countries.

United Nations General Assembly

They will also show their support for a bill submitted to the U.S. Senate by Democrat Ron Wyden, and co-sponsored by several other members of his party, including: Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Durbin, Tom Udall, Patty Murray and Jeff Merkley, all supporters of normalizing trade relations with Cuba.
Over these days, global support for the struggle against the economic blockade takes on a special significant as the Cuban government prepares to once again present the resolution entitled: “The need to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba,” before the United Nations General Assembly, in New York.

On presenting the document last year, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez noted that former President Barack Obama and other senior U.S. government officials described the blockade as obsolete, unsuccessful in advancing U.S. interests, a senseless, impractical, failed policy, which only acts as a burned to U.S. citizens, causes damage to Cuba, and isolates the United States.
In the most recent UN vote in 2016, the resolution received the support of 191 countries, with the exception of the United States and its traditional ally Israel, who both abstained for the first time.

Fines levied in excess of 2.8 billion dollars

Despite such overwhelming support and the official reestablishment of bilateral diplomatic relations in July 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has, since that time, levied fines in excess of 2.8 billion dollars against 11 entities; seven U.S. and four foreign.
One of these was U.S. insurance company American International Group (AIG) which was forced to pay 148,698 dollars last June for apparently incurring 29 blockade violations by providing insurance coverage for various goods shipments to and from Cuba.

Economic losses amounting to over 753,688,000,000 dollars

Meanwhile, Rodríguez Parrilla, speaking before the UN, stated that the U.S. blockade, has been in effect since February 1962, has caused the island economic losses amounting to over 753,688,000,000 dollars, considering the depreciation of the dollar against the value of gold in the international market. At current prices the damage caused Cuba by the blockade stands at more than 125,000,000,000 dollars. Likewise, from April 2015 through March 2016, losses to the Cuban economy as a result of the blockade totaled more than 4.6 billion dollars according to rigorous and conservative calculations based on current prices. The Cuban Foreign Minister also noted that “The blockade is the main obstacle to our country’s economic and social development.”

Cuba Reminds the World at UN That US Blockade is Still in Place

Source:  TeleSUR
September 22 2016

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Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York. | Photo: Reuters

The Cuban foreign minister also said that capitalism is not historically or environmentally sustainable.

Bruno Rodriguez, minister of foreign affairs of Cuba, said Thursday the country continues to endure the economic and financial hardships of the blockade imposed by the U.S. during a speech the 71st U.N. General Assembly in New York.

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Rodriguez said that there is still a long way to go for the two countries to re-establish diplomatic relations, citing the U.S. base in Guantanamo as an example.

“The territory illegally occupied by the U.S. navy base in Guantanamo must be returned to our country,” said Rodriguez.

The foreign minister said the blockade is still enforced and continues to hinder the Cuban economy and its relations with other countries.

Rodriguez also addressed the U.N. member states and said the organization should work toward the end of unilateralism and the political and economic control of capitalist countries.

“Any attempt to prolong the existence of a unipolar world will be suicidal,” said Rodriguez. “Capitalism will never be historically or environmentally sustainable.”

The Cuban diplomat also denounced the coup in Brazil against President Dilma Rousseff and the attempts by U.S. imperialism and oligarchies in Latin America to destabilize Venezuela and other regional countries.

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In December 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the normalization of relations between the two countries, after more than 50 years of hostilities against the island nation. The countries reopened their respective embassies in July 2015.

The U.S. approved a series of measures to ease travel and commerce earlier this year but still hasn’t ended the blockade that was imposed three years after the victory of the Cuban Revolution, led by Fidel Castro, which overthrew the regime of Fulgencio Batista, a U.S.-backed dictator.

Cuba presented a report this year that says the U.S. blockade on the socialist country has cost it US$4.7 billion over the last year and US$753.7 billion over the last six decades.

Last year the U.N. General Assembly voted 191-2 to condemn the U.S. blockade of Cuba, with only the U.S. and Israel in opposition.

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The US blockade of Cuba is the principal obstacle to national development

Source:  Granma
September 9 2016

by International news staff |

The US blockade of Cuba is the principal obstacle to national development

Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, Minister of Foreign Relations, this afternoon September 9, presented the report calling for an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba which will be debated in the UN next month

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Cuban Foreign Minister: The blockade continues

Minister of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodríguez Parilla, this afternoon September 9, presented the country’s report on United Nations General Assembly Resolution 70/5, entitled, “The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States on Cuba,” in a Havana press conference.

During the reading of the report, which will be discussed for the 25th time by the General Assembly in October, the minister reaffirmed that the blockade continues despite statements made by the U.S. President almost two years ago calling for its end. This policy has been maintained and continues having a profound impact on the Cuban economy, and limiting the right to development of the Cuban people, the minister insisted.

The impact of the US blockade

“The blockade hurts the Cuban people. Need and hardship are daily occurrences for the Cuban family. The impact of the blockade on Cuba cannot be underestimated. It is the principal obstacle to national development,” Rodríguez said.

“We recognize the progress in relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States, but effects include those on food, the pharmaceutical industry, foreign trade, and international cooperation, among others,” he reported, adding that no sector is exempt from the blockade’s impact, not health, social security, services, or education.

Between April of 2015 and March of 2016, the blockade’s damage to Cuba has been estimated to be approximately 4.68 million dollars, Rodríguez reported.

“For these reasons, the Cuban government will present to the UN General Assembly, the report entitled The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States on Cuba,” he said.

Cuba calls for strengthening strategies to confront imperialist intervention in the region

Source:  Granma
June 10 2016

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, called on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba-TCP) to strengthen strategies to confront imperialist intervention and coup plots on the continent, according to AVN

by: AVN |

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The Alba-TCP Political Council denounced the media campaigns against leftist governments. Photo: AVN

Caracas.— Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, June 8, called on the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba-TCP) to strengthen strategies to confront imperialist intervention and coup plots on the continent, according to AVN.

Social movements to defend progressive movements

In his comments, during the Alba-TCP Political Council meeting to discuss common strategies to defend the region, PL reported, Rodríguez likewise called on social movements to defend progressive governments facing attacks orchestrated by foreign powers, as is the case in Venezuela, which was subjected to an attempt by the Organization of American States (OAS) to justify intervention via the application of the bloc’s Inter-American Charter, as well as Brazil, where a parliamentary coup and media campaign are currently underway against the country’s legitimate President, Dilma Rousseff.

In his remarks, broadcast by teleSUR, the Cuban Foreign Minister emphasized the timeliness of Alba’s mobilization given the escalating right wing offensive taking place across the region.

Mobilize to confront imperialist intervention

He stressed that in these circumstances, it is the Alba-TCP Political Council’s responsibility to mobilize popular and political movements, revolutionary and progressive forces, trade unions,campesinos, and intellectuals to confront imperialist intervention, coups, and neoliberalism.

As reported by AVN, the Cuban diplomat explained that to do so, regional unity and the gains achieved by the continent in international organizations such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) must be consolidated.

No one can beguile Cuba

“Latin America and the Caribbean have changed, we are no longer, nor will we be, the backyard of the United States, we will not allow for the return of the carrot and the stick and I repeat that no one can beguile Cuba, which is still under blockade and whose territory in Guantánamo is still occupied, while attempts are made to isolate Venezuela,” he stressed.

Threatened by the U.S. government and national oligarchies

In this regard, he added that the region is at present threatened by the U.S. government and national oligarchies, who, for lack of popular support, “Again resort to coups to reverse sovereignty over our natural resources, our policies of independence and social development.”

During his speech to the Council, Rodríguez noted that the continent’s history will be defined in the current battle of Venezuela against constant threats, and reaffirmed Cuba’s solidarity and the deep bonds between the two nations.

History being decided in the battle in Venezuela

“The history of Latin America and the Caribbean is being decided in this battle, here in Venezuela, we will all defend, whatever the price, the legacy of (Hugo) Chávez and Venezuela will continue to have in Cuba a sister nation ready to share the same fate,” he said.

Support from St. Kitts

petrocaribe 1.jpgSaint Kitts and Nevis Senior Foreign Service Officer, Samuel Berridge, also stated his country’s support for the Bolivarian Republic and highlighted the progress made during the past 17 years, thanks to agreements such as Petrocaribe, and the services provided to the peoples through different social missions.

“We are encouraged by the model of social cohesion in Venezuela,” Berridge stated, while expressing support for dialogue initiatives promoted by the national government, accompanied by the support of UNASUR.

“Saint Kitts and Nevis is supportive of the government and people of Venezuela and is committed to ensuring the onset of a new era of economic growth and development in Venezuela. Venezuela is an important member in our hemisphere, the country is of no interest to us weakened and will be of no benefit to Alba or the rest of the hemisphere,” he emphasized.

The dark decades of neoliberalism

Delcy Rodriguez 6Meanwhile the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, condemned the media campaigns against leftist governments in the region, which seek to set the stage for imperialist aggression.

“The peoples do not want to go back to the dark decade of neoliberalism, they do not want to be politically, economically, financially suppressed and subjugated and handed over to the International Monetary Fund,” she said.

Maduro:  the need to create a common strategy

Nicolas Maduro 15According to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the main topic of discussion at the meeting was the need to create a common strategy for the defense and freedom of our revolutionary processes.

Meanwhile, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, highlighted that the union of the ALBA-TCP countries is necessary to address and counter the effects of the global right in their attacks against the region.

The Minister of the Presidency of Bolivia, Juan Ramón Quintana, also condemned any attack against Venezuelan democracy on behalf of his country.

Bruno Rodríguez: “We will continue to present this draft resolution for as long as the blockade persists”

Source:  Granma
October 27 2015

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Mr. President;

Full text of remarks made by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez at October 27 UN General Assembly vote against the blockade

Distinguished Permanent Representatives;

Esteemed Delegates;

On December 17 last year, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, recognized that the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba had failed, is obsolete, has not met the originally envisaged goals and causes damages to the Cuban people and isolation to the US Government.

Ever since then, the US President has been reiterating that the blockade should be lifted. He has urged the Congress of his country to do so instead of standing in the way of the US citizens who openly support its termination. He has committed to engage in a debate with that purpose and use his executive prerogatives to modify its implementation.

During the recently held 2030 Development Agenda Summit and at the United Nations General Debate, more than sixty Heads of States, Governments and Delegations welcomed and expressed their best wishes over the announcement of the new course taken by the US-Cuba relations, including the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the re-opening of embassies, and many of them demanded that the blockade is finally abolished.

Therefore, the interest and expectations raised by these deliberations and the subsequent vote, which takes place under new circumstances, are only understandable.

In the face of an almost unanimous claim by the international community -symbolized by the vote in favor of 188 member States and Cuba’s participation in the Summit of the Americas held in Panama-, and the claim of the large majority of the US society and the Cuban emigration settled here, the US government has announced a new policy towards our country.

But the measures adopted by the US Administration, which came into force on January 16 this year and were later on expanded on September 18, although positive, only modify, in a very limited way, some elements related to the implementation of the blockade.

Many of them could not be implemented unless others are adopted that would finally allow Cuba to freely export and import products and services to and from the United States; use American dollars in its international financial transactions and operate accounts in that currency in third countries banks and have access to credits and financing from private entities and international financial institutions.

The problem is not that the Cuban order hampers the implementation of these measures and therefore it needs to be modified in order to facilitate this process, as has been stated by some US officials. The problem is the implacable and systematic existence of the blockade.

We should not mix up reality with wishful thinking or good-will expressions. In these circumstances, one can only judge by facts.

And facts show, crystal-clear, that the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba is being fully and completely implemented.

Ten months after the announcements made on December 17, no tangible, substantial modification has been introduced in the implementation of the blockade.

Cuba’s removal from the spurious list of States Sponsors of International Terrorism was the inevitable rectification of a nonsense, but this has hardly had any impact on the implementation of the blockade, which is supported by a far more comprehensive system of previously established sanctions and laws.

Barely a week ago, a 1.116 billion dollar fine was imposed on the French bank Credit Agricole, which adds up to the 1.710 billion dollar fine imposed on the German bank Commerzbank in March this year for doing transactions with Cuba and other States.

Only in recent weeks, the secure messaging system SWIFT cancelled a service contract; the first payment of the American company Sprint to initiate direct telephone calls as well as several other banking transfers for the operations of charter flights were withheld.

The meager Cuban food purchases in the United States, one of the few exceptions to the blockade, which were approved in the year 2000 by the US Congress, significantly diminished last year because they are subject to discriminatory and onerous conditions: each purchase must be authorized by a license; the granting of credits is not allowed; Cuba is forced to pay in cash and in advance through banking entities of third countries and is not allowed to use its own vessels to transport those products.

The imports of the medicines and the medical equipment that our country needs are also conditioned, since 1992, by the US law. Cuba is required to report on the final recipient of the medicines it acquires and is not allowed to make direct payments, but only through third parties and in a currency other than the US dollar, which entails additional difficulties, delays and costs.

Several other examples could be mentioned, such as the case of the company Elekta, which confirmed, on last September 2 , that it will not be able to supply to the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology or any other hospital in Cuba the radioactive isotope Iridium-192, which ensures the normal functioning of the brachytherapy equipment that are indispensable to offer higher quality and accuracy cancer therapies, because its purveyor, the US company Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, refused to sell it to Cuba.

The US company Small Bone Innovation Inc. has refused to supply wrists and hands joints prostheses to the “Frank País” Orthopedic Complex which are intended for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

In June last year, the US company SIGMA Aldrich refused to supply to the company Quimimpex the products, services and technical information which are indispensable to the chemical industry; and the US firm Columbiana Boiler Company informed the aforementioned company that it was not allowed to export the cylinders necessary to transport the chlorine destined to the treatment of water.

The blockade is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of all Cubans; it is contrary to International Law; it has been described as a crime of genocide by the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948 and is the main obstacle to the economic and social development of our people.

The human damages it has caused are inestimable. Seventy seven per cent of all Cubans have been suffering the blockade since the day they were born. The shortages and deprivations that it causes to all Cuban families can not be accounted for.

According to rigorous and conservative calculations, the economic damages it has caused after more than half a century amount to 833.755 billion dollars, based on the price of gold. At current prices, it amounts to 121.192 billion dollars, a figure of enormous proportions for a small economy like ours.

I hope that the US Representative will not come here now to tell us that the draft resolution does not accurately reflect the spirit of dialogue or the kind attitude of the US government; nor take on a hackneyed stand saying that the United States is the benefactor partner of the Cuban people that is only looking for its empowerment; or inflates the figure of 900 000 dollar donations by the civil society received in 2015, which are hampered by the blockade and appreciated by our people; or refer to the family remittances that are saved with great effort by the Cubans living here as if they were government funds; or consider as a commercial exchange the export licenses that are granted but are not materialized.

While it is up to the US Congress to adopt the decision to put an end to the blockade, the President has broad executive prerogatives to substantially modify its practical implementation and its humanitarian and economic impact.

We share the hope that the Congress of the United States will move on to change an inefficient, cruel and unjust policy, anchored in the past, and adopt decisions based on the values and feelings of its citizens.

Mr. President:

Historically, the United States has intended to establish its domination and hegemony on our homeland and, since 1959, it has tried to change the political, economic and social system that our people,   fully exercising the right to self-determination, has freely chosen.

Some spokespersons from the US Government have declared that the announced Cuba policy is about a change of methods, not goals.

Should this be the case, the process towards the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba will face very serious obstacles.

The lifting of the blockade will be the essential element that will give some meaning to the progress achieved in the last few months in the relations between both countries and shall set the pace towards normalization.

As has been recognized by President Barack Obama, the lifting of the blockade serves the US national interest and is the will its citizens.

Any attempt to condition the lifting or modification of the blockade to the introduction of internal changes in Cuba will be in no way acceptable nor productive.

Cuba is ready to accept the opportunities and face the challenges of a new era in the relations between both countries, but it will never negotiate its socialist system or its internal affairs, nor will it allow any blemish on its independence, which was conquered at the price of the blood of its best sons and daughters and after the huge sacrifices made by many generations since the beginning of our independence wars in 1868.

As has been reiterated by President Raúl Castro Ruz, both governments must find the way to coexist in a civilized manner, despite their profound differences, and advance as much as possible for the benefit of the peoples of the United States and Cuba, through a dialogue and cooperation based on mutual respect and sovereign equality.

There is no enmity between the peoples of the United States and Cuba. The Cuban people expressed its solidarity at the time of the terrible terrorist actions of September 11, 2001, or the devastating impact of hurricane Katrina.

We appreciate and recognize the progress achieved recently with the re-opening of embassies, the visits paid by the Secretaries of State and Commerce and the exchange of delegations; the functioning of a Steering Committee; the expansion of the areas of dialogue and cooperation, particularly in the filed of air and aviation safety; the combat of drug-trafficking, illegal migration and traffic in persons; law enforcement, environmental protection and health, among others.

We are really interested in developing fruitful relations; offering our hospitality to the US citizens who enjoy the freedom of traveling to Cuba; expanding enriching, cultural, sports, scientific and academic exchanges; promoting a multifaceted cooperation in areas of common interest, trade and investments.

We have initiated a human rights dialogue with a strict reciprocal character and despite our huge differences.

For all that we have been guided by the principles contained in the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in January of 2014 in Havana, as well as the principles and purposes enshrined in the UN Charter.

This could also be a modest contribution to the quest for a new way in which human beings and nations can relate to one another in this era marked by global crisis, the inevitable impact of climate change, the non-conventional wars that unleash atrocious conflicts, new forms of terrorism, the existence of huge nuclear arsenals, extraordinary arms spending and the risk of pandemics.

As was stated fifteen years ago in this very hall by Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, “Humanity should be aware of what we have been so far and what we can not continue to be. Presently, our species have enough accumulated knowledge, ethical values and scientific resources to move towards a new historical era of true justice and humanism. There is nothing in the existing economic and political order that can serve the interests of Humankind. Thus, it is unsustainable and it must be changed.”

Mr. President:

Twenty three years after this resolution was first adopted, we have achieved a remarkable progress in 2015.

It has been a reward for the indefatigable resistance, selfless efforts, the firm convictions of our people and the leadership of the historical generation of the Revolution headed by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and President Raúl Castro.

We are deeply grateful to all the governments and peoples, parliaments, political forces and social movements, representatives of the civil society, international and regional organizations that, particularly in this United Nations General Assembly, have contributed their voice and vote, year after year, to support the fairness and urgency of the elimination of the blockade.

We have made it all the way here thanks also to the majority and ever-growing support given by the US people to this lofty purpose, to whom we also convey our gratitude.

We know that the way ahead is long and difficult. We will continue to present this draft resolution for as long as the blockade persists in this General Assembly.

The Cuban people will never renounce its sovereignty or the path that is has freely chosen to build a more just, efficient, prosperous and sustainable socialism. Neither will it give up in its quest for a more equitable and democratic international order.

Mr. President:

Distinguished Permanent Representatives:

Esteemed delegates:

We have presented a new draft resolution that reflects the reality of the rigorous and oppressive implementation of the blockade against Cuba and also welcomes and recognizes, in the new preambular paragraphs, the progress achieved in the course of last year.

On behalf of the heroic, self-sacrificing and fraternal people of Cuba, I ask you to vote in favor of the draft resolution contained in document A/70/L.2. “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

Thank you, very much.

Cuba Rejects Interference in Venezuela and Ukraine

Source:  Presna Latina

Havana, Mar 6 2014

Brundo Rodriguez Parrilla, foreign minister of CubaCuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned today pro-interference policies against Venezuela and Ukraine that encourage violence and prevent citizens in those countries from exercising their rights.

In a press conference, Rodriguez rejected the resolutions approved by the UN Senate and House and the pro-interference attempts by the Organization of American States against Venezuela.

He expressed Cuba’s unswerving, full solidarity with Venezuela against attempts to destabilize and topple the government and the interference into its internal affairs, mainly by the United States.

He commented that violence generated in that country by right-wing groups has caused several deaths and numerous wounded, and prevented Venezuelan citizens from exercising their rights, and all this deserves condemnation.

“Venezuela has the right to defend its independence and sovereignty,” said Cuba’s top diplomat, who added that Cuban workers will continue fulfilling their duty and sharing the fate of the heroic Venezuelan people under any circumstance..

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The attempt to isolate Cuba has failed

January 24 2014

bruno rodriguez celac 2The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) recognizes the region as Bolivar and Marti conceived it, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said today.

Opening the media room at PABEXPO, the venue of the 2nd Summit of CELAC on January 28-29, he said that CELAC does not invite non-member countries, but takes into account the space that has been historically, culturally and geographically recognized as Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Latin American and the Caribbean are willing to maintain normal communication and relations based on respect to sovereignty on the grounds of equality, being treated as equal partner and not as backyard,” the foreign minister said.

About the visit to Cuba by Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza, he said it is a diplomatic courtesy, and Cuba has followed the protocol as in the previous meetings.

“Cuba’s stance toward the OAS remains the same,” he said. We will not go back to it. That organization has a historic negative energy, as a US domination instrument that can not be solved by means of any reform, he said.

It is the US policy toward Cuba that is undergoing total isolation

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