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Cuban Foreign Minister Criticizes US Blockade of Cuba
Havana, Sept 30 (AIN) The US economic blockade against Cuba will be defeated
and the island will one day advance along better paths in the construction
of an ever more just society, stated Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez
In a presentation to national and foreign press on the Cuban report to the
UN on the need to eliminate that criminal policy, Perez Roque announced that
the issue will be debated for the third time at the UN General Assembly on
The minister pointed out that the same text was approved in 1992 by only 59
nations while last year it received the approval of 179 countries, showing
the increasing support and the ethical stance of those nations in the face
of the US governments hostility against Cuba.
Perez Roque stated that despite the US government having ignored its
overwhelming rejection by the international community, its policy will have
to change and the US will have to answer for undermining the island-nation
for 45 years of economic, commercial and financial harassment.
In his speech he explained that the blockade is a true case of genocide, its
goal is to defeat the revolution. The economic damage caused to Cuba
exceeds $ 79 billion and 70 percent of Cubans suffer directly from its
effects and limitations.
The Cuban minister gave the example of how with the $659 million in economic
damage being lost this year alone due to the blockade, more than 100,000
houses could be completely rehabilitated and 2.4 million families provided
with gas service.
With that money it would also be possible to give milk to all the nations
children under 15, double the current chicken ration and install 300
additional megawatts of electrical generation capacity.
Perez Roque was accompanied in his presentation of the report by Abel
Prieto, the Cuban Minister for Culture; officials and representatives of
various organizations, in addition to artists, athletes and scientists whose
entry into the US has been denied under the pretext of them being a threat
to the security of the neighboring superpower.
Each one of these representatives told of their experiences, discussed the
hostility of the US policy in sectors that they represent and spoke about
the limitations that this has caused in the nations development.
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