Thursday, September 30, 2010

Uruguay and Paraguay against Washington’s Blockade of Cuba

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Sep 29 (ACN) Uruguay and Paraguay joined on Wednesday the increasing condemnation expressed during the debates of the UN General Assembly against the US blockade of Cuba.

Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro addressed participants in the plenary meeting, which on Wednesday concluded the general analysis of its 65th ordinary period of sessions.

The minister expressed his country’s condemnation of the threat to use force, of all kinds of terrorism and all kinds of violence, and of the implementation of coercive measures contrary to the UN Charter.

In this regard, he cited the commercial, economic and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, which he firmly condemns, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

He added that that siege constitutes a unilateral measure contrary to Cuba, to international law, and to one of the dearest principles of his country’s foreign policy: the peaceful solution of controversies.

Paraguay also criticized at the United Nations on Wednesday the blockade against Cuba and demanded Washington to release the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters incarcerated in the United States.

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Hector Lacognata condemned at the General Assembly of that international organization the coercive economic measures aimed at preventing countries from exerting their sovereign right to decide their own political, economic and social systems.

He also underlined the condemnation to the unilateral implementation of measures against Cuba and reiterated Paraguay’s support for the resolutions adopted by the United Nations to put an end to the blockade of the Caribbean island.

That siege infringes the fundamental norms of international law, the principles of sovereign equality of states, the non-intervention and non-interference in internal affairs, the freedom of trade and navigation, and self-determination, he pointed out.

The minister demanded Washington to adopt the necessary measures to free the five Cuban heroes unfairly imprisoned in US jails, who have denounced the violation of their human rights.

Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labañino have been incarcerated in the US since 1998 for monitoring the activities of Florida-based, anti-Cuban terrorist groups, with the purpose of preventing their criminal actions.

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