jeudi, octobre 05, 2006

Actualité - Cuba Delivers UN Anti-Blockade Plan

United Nations, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) - The Cuban diplomatic mission at the UN delivered all member countries of this organization Thursday a draft resolution against the US-imposed blockade of that Caribbean state for over 45 years.

Officials from the island s embassy told Prensa Latina that the distribution of the document was done personally, during meetings with the UN member ambassadors.

The debate and later voting on the draft resolution is slated for November 8 in the General Assembly plenary session.

This will be the 15th consecutive year that Cuba presents a resolution entitled "Need to end the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed by the US on Cuba."

Last year, the statement was approved with 182 votes for, four against and one abstention, of the then 191 UN members.

That time, Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said that this was a convincing result and expression of world rejection of the blockade on Cuba.

According to statistics, the economic damage Cuba has suffered from those US measures in the last 45 years has surpassed $86.1 billion.

Considered the longest and cruelest blockade in the history of humanity, the Cubans termed the Washington economic war against Havana an act of genocide.

The complicated group of laws, rules and measures adopted by United States throughout over four decades impedes a third-country company from selling to Cuba any product that has more than 10 percent of components from the northern nation.

The island cannot sell the US any goods made with Cuban raw materials and fines those US people who visit Cuba.

Other measures include reducing to $300 quarterly remittances from Cuban residents in the US and serious restrictions on Cuban-Americans from travel to their native land from every year to every three years.

It even suspends visits to the island for people with family ties like those between mother, father, son or sibling.

(Prensa Latina News Agency)

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