An end to the US blockade of Cuba is called for at the close of the UN debate

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United Nations, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) The calls for the end of the US blockade on Cuba are also present today in the final session of the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly.

The Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Denis Moncada, in his virtual speech before the plenary, rejected the US blockade against Cuba and reaffirmed his country’s permanent solidarity with that island.

We denounce and condemn the repetition of attacks in an uninterrupted and cruel war against our peoples, and in particular against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, in a pattern, a model and a design of interests of others, outlined in the meddling and interventionist policies of the empires, violating the human rights of the peoples,’ he said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, said in the general debate that he adds once again his voice to an overwhelming call and respectfully demands the total rejection of the unilateral coercive measures imposed against the sister island Cuba.

Despite the difficulties in the largest of the Antilles, he said, his historical humanitarian commitment and his spirit of service and solidarity were once again demonstrated in the current health crisis.

Elrington highlighted the deployment of Cuban health professionals from the Henry Reeve Brigade that assisted many countries, including Belize, in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Benin, Aurélien Agbénonci, pointed out that the current context of the health crisis should justify the adoption of concrete measures for the total and definitive lifting of the US blockade on Cuba.

In spite of this pandemic, he observed, we are unfortunately witnessing a hardening of that siege.

Likewise, Agbénonci made an urgent call for the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States, for the benefit of the peoples of both countries and the world.

During the same period, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Dominica, Kenneth Darroux, thanked Cuba for its medical assistance to more than 40 countries during the pandemic, and asked for measures to end the ‘unjustifiable blockade’ against that island.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Henry Reeve health contingent, which has been appointed to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Cuban doctors are an example of diplomacy, he said.

Despite the difficult situation to which it is subjected, Cuba continues to support others, Darroux emphasized and urged that measures be taken to end sanctions and blockades.

Since the start of the general debate at the UN last September 22, leaders of more than 25 countries around the world have called for an end to the blockade that the United States has maintained against Cuba for some 60 years, and which is currently the longest in history.

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