Saturday, December 10, 2005

Cuba, Caricom Reject US Embargo

2005-12-10 10:26:40

HAVANA, Dec. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Cuba agreed to deepen cooperation and rejected the decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba, Cuban leader Fidel Castro said here on Friday after attending the second Caribbean Community-Cuba Summit in Bridgetown, capital of Barbados.

In a statement issued after he returned here from the meeting, Castro said Cuba and Caricom "renewed our promise to increase the scope of our production and our cooperation in business and economy."

Castro also said: "We promised to redouble our efforts to implement the Cuba-Caricom Accord for Economic and Commercial Cooperation" adopted at the summit.

The parties to the agreement recognized the importance of international commerce for the Caribbean's sustainable development and rejected "unilateral actions" by the United States and the European Union.

"We reiterate our commitment to the sacred principles in the United Nations' Charter: multilateralism and the fundamental principles of international law, including respect for the sovereignty, states' equality before the law, and non-intervention... in other states' internal affairs," said a statement issued by the Caribbean Community and Cuba.

The document called for an immediate lifting of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba which has lasted for nearly 50 years.

The document also said the two sides are against terrorism "in all its forms and manifestations" and called on all countries to complete the processing of all alleged terrorists.

It also requested the United States to extradite Luiz Posada Carriles, who is the principal suspect in an attack against a Cuban airliner which killed 73 people in December 1976. Previous such requests have gone unanswered by the United States.

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