United Nations
Cuba submits draft resolution concerning U.S. blockade

(6 October 2006) - ON OCTOBER 5, the Cuban diplomatic mission at the UN delivered to all member countries a draft resolution against the more than 45-year-long U.S.-imposed blockade of Cuba entitled "Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba." 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.

Cuba's First Assistant Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla explained to the press on October 2 the details of the resolution.

For 14 consecutive years a majority of member nations of the UN has condemned this policy. Nevertheless in 2005, the White House tightened the siege around Cuba with more vicious measures that have caused much damage.

Rodriguez explained that the extraterritorial nature of the blockade constitutes a true persecution of Cuba's foreign commercial and financial operations. Not only may Cuba not export a single article to the United States and can only import certain very restricted food products encircled with red tape but, a company in another country cannot sell Cuba any product containing 10 per cent of U.S. components, nor sell to the U.S. any product containing Cuban raw material.

However, the Cuban Foreign Ministry representative pointed out the U.S. commits "outright robbery" by allowing a firm to fraudulently produce and sell the world famous Cuban Havana Club rum in Florida.

Cuban companies are prohibited from using the dollar in international transactions and lack access to financial credit institutions such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

U.S. authorities have fined 487 U.S. citizens or residents nearly $530,000 for traveling to Cuba, an action Rodriguez called spurious, abusive and arbitrary. U.S. studies report that if U.S. citizens could visit, more than five million U.S. tourists would come for an annual income of $7 billion to the island.

All of this proves that the Helms-Burton Act and other legislation are applied with such rigor to "cause hunger, desperation and suffering to our people" although the blockade is facing greater and greater world condemnation, he said.

(Source: Prensa Latina)

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