Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cuba denounces effects of U.S. economic blockade

Granma International

Havana. September 18, 2007

HAVANA, Sept. 18 (PL). — Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque affirmed today that the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba has affected the country to the tune of $89 billion.

Pérez Roque revealed that figure during a presentation to the media in Havana of a report on Resolution 61-11 of the United Nations General Assembly, The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States of America.

The U.S. government began its economic siege when the Cuban Revolution triumphed on January 1, 1959, and that blockade has now been in place for nearly 50 years.

Pérez Roque noted that last year the General Assembly dealt an overwhelming blow to the blockade when 183 nations voted for its elimination, with only four opposing and one abstention.

The Cuban minister said that since 1992, when this report was first presented, support from the international community has continued to grow, and is an unequivocal example of the world’s awareness of the negative effects of the blockade on Cuba.

He also noted the broad international opposition to that policy due to its extraterritorial measures, which sanction third countries for doing business with Cuba.

Translated by Granma International

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JG: The Bully, in its never ending arrogance, totally ignores the world wide condemnation of the blockade against Cuba. The guy with the funny mustache in the 1930's used to do the same things. WHAT A PAIR!

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