Friday, September 21, 2012

The US Blockade on Cuba to Be at the UN Debates

Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:09
By Pedro Paneque Ruiz / Radio Cadena Agramonte.

The crime and senseless of the US blockade on Cuba will be again a theme of discussion and vote at the UN General Assembly on October. Then the representative of the westernmost island nation of the Caribbean will read the draft resolution “Necessity to put an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba”.   

Today when Cuba submitted the document, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez termed as a genocide this US policy which has been in force for over 50 years, and said that “this is a siege that has hindered to have access to raw materials, foodstuff and medicines, what has been forbidden by humanitarian conventions even in wartime”.

The damage that this economic, commercial and financial blockade has caused to the Cuban people –considering the depreciation of the US dollar against gold on the international market- is estimated at over $ a trillion.

However, following a more conservative calculus it reaches $ 108 billions.

In spite of having failed in their goals, the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States on Cuba is still the main hurdle so that our country can develop itself properly.

This stubborn policy which only causes “suffering, shortages and difficulties to each household, child, woman or elderly person” raises many questions. 

As I and millions of Cubans concern, I have suffered the consequences of this siege around Cuba, firstly when in the 1970’s I couldn’t have access to a proper ocular prosthesis when lost one eye.

Fortunately, and owing to the will to resist of all Cubans this kind of prosthesis is made in our country and are given with no fee to those who need it.

As once again the Cuban document denounces, the siege built by Washington is a  flagrant and systematic human right violation, as well as the main obstacle for the socio-economic development of this Caribbean nation.

Nobody can forget, and the Cuban Foreign Minister recalls that on October, 2011, 186 nations supported Cuba’s resolution and only two countries (the United States of America and Israel) voted no, Bruno Rodriguez believes that the result of the upcoming voting will be similar.

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