Mexico City, Nov 3 (Prensa Latina) The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), for three continuous decades, once again condemned the criminal blockade of more than six decades against long-suffering Cuba.
Through the absurd right of veto, the United States will once again make a mockery of the overwhelming majority decision of the member countries of the UN. However, humanity exhibits the empire in its crimes against humanity.
The UN Communiqué informs that the General Assembly rejected for the thirty-first time the blockade of Cuba and points out that the present resolution once again calls for the end of the economic blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean country since 1962.
The highest debating body of the UN has refuted this violation of the Charter of the United Nations every year since 1992.
Yesterday’s resolution obtained 187 votes in favor (two more than the previous one), two against and one abstention, Ukraine, which is not necessary to explain, and reiterates that this Thursday for the thirty-first time unequivocally, the position against the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba is firm and called for an end to this unilateral punishment.
The adopted text reaffirms, among other principles, “the sovereign equality of States, non-intervention and non-interference in their internal affairs and the freedom of international trade and navigation, enshrined in numerous international legal instruments”.
It calls upon all States to refrain from enacting and applying laws and measures that contravene them, and urges the repeal of such measures by those who still impose them.
It also expresses concern about regulatory provisions, such as that enacted by the United States on March 12, 1996, known as the Helms-Burton Act, “whose extraterritorial effects affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities or persons under their jurisdiction, and the freedom of trade and navigation”.
In explaining their vote, one after the other, the many speakers at the session insisted, in their national capacity and as representatives of blocs of countries, on the illegal nature of the blockade, affirming that it constitutes a flagrant and systematic violation of the Charter of the United Nations, and demanding its lifting.
The delegates stressed the unjustified damage that the blockade inflicts on the Cuban people by depriving them of indispensable income and essential supplies such as medicines.
They also praised in unison Cuba’s response to Covid-19 -which included the development of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus- and its solidarity with other countries during the health emergency despite its limited resources.
Resolution A/77/L.5 today joins the 30 that have been adopted since 1992, when the General Assembly began voting annually on the issue, with the sole exception of 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his speech prior to the vote, the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez, affirmed that the blockade is “a deliberate act of economic war with the purpose of preventing financial income to the country, destroying the government’s capacity to attend to the needs of the population, causing the economy to collapse and creating a situation of ungovernability”.
In other words: With the absurd right of veto, the United States mocks the overwhelming majority decision of the member countries, however, humanity exhibits the empire in its crimes against humanity.
(Taken from PL)