United Nations
Cuba exposes U.S. radio-television aggression

(16 October 2006) - Ileana Nez, acting Cuban ambassador to the UN, in a speech during the 4th Commission of the General Assembly dealing with issues related to information, denounced the growing U.S. radio-television aggression against Cuba, to which Washington assigned $37 million this year.

She noted that those radio and television attacks have been occurring for years and have increased recently, with the utilization since last August of a new G-1 aircraft to increase TV transmissions from one to six per week.

At the same time, she added, on August 11 there were simultaneous transmissions from two aircraft on 213 MHz, which interfere with six service areas of a similar number of stations listed in the Frequencies Master Register.

The ambassador noted that this U.S. radio-electronic and television war on Cuba directly violates the letter of or infringes the spirit of a large number of international and telecommunications agreements.

Nez noted that every week broadcasting stations located on U.S. territory transmit more than 2,240 hours of radio and TV towards Cuba on 30 different frequencies.

Some of those are U.S. government stations and others belong or lend their services to organizations linked to known terrorist elements who reside in and commit anti-Cuba acts from U.S. territory with the full consent of U.S. authorities, Prensa Latina reports.

In related news, on October 17, Berta Verdura, a councillor at the Cuban embassy to the Dominican Republic, described the U.S. sanctions against Cuba as an act of genocide. She cited the fact that sanctions have cost the Cuban economy an estimated $86 billion U.S. and 80 per cent of Cuban citizens have been born and had lived under the restrictions which first began in 1962.

Councillor Carlos de la Nuez said the U.S. laws and policies targeting Cuba were "markedly extraterritorial and in violation of international law."

Both diplomats lashed out at Washington's decision to approve $80 million this year to activities designed to bring down the Cuban government, describing the decision as "global aggression."

In addition, the U.S. Interests Office in Havana refuses 73 per cent of visa applications, in what the diplomats described as a deliberate ploy to stimulate illegal migration.

The two diplomats also decried the banning of humanitarian donations and medical equipment sales, and the reduction to once every three years for family visits to the island by U.S. residents. It even limits the definition of family to parents and children only, excluding uncles and aunts, grandparents, etc.

An example of the extraterritorial nature of the U.S. blockade was described in a recent forum conducted by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs and transmitted via internet by www.cubaminrex.cu and www.cubavsbloqueo.cu websites.

Dresser Rand Group Inc., a New York-based company that manufactures turbines and compressors for the energy sector, was forced to close the operations of one of its subsidiaries in Brazil in July, 2005 because it was doing business with the Cuban-Canadian joint-venture, Moa Niquel S.A. Dresser Rand was also fined by the U.S. treasury Department. The company said it would fight the sanctions imposed by the U.S. government as part of its blockade.

(Source: Granma International, People's Daily Online)

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