Cuba is calling on its Caribbean neighbours to beseech the United States to lift the economic blockade imposed on the country.
A release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba earlier this month read: “The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the Government of the United States against Cuba for almost 60 years still persists, continues to cause suffering to the Cuban people and hinders the economic development of the country.”
On June 16, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States toward Cuba, establishing a new policy that proclaims as one of its main objectives, the tightening of the blockade.
“To achieve this objective, President Trump announced the adoption of new coercive measures against Cuba and the reversal of others set by his predecessor that had modified the implementation of some aspects of the blockade in areas such as travelling and trade,” the release further read.
President Trump has made it clear that the United States will oppose all demands in favour of the end of the blockade at the United Nations and other international fora.
Cuba estimates that the damage caused by the implementation of the blockade throughout almost 6 decades is estimated to be in the region of US$ 822.3 billion. It says that last year alone the effects of the US blockade cost the country an estimated US$4.3 billion.
Cuba’s Report on Resolution 71/5 of the United General Assembly entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba states," “the blockade continues to be a massive flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of all Cubans and qualifies as an act of genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948. It is also an obstacle to international cooperation.”
The Cuban government says it is urging the United States to comply with the 25 Resolutions adopted by the international community at the UN General Assembly whose member states have called for an end to this policy and the unilateral and unconditional lifting of the blockade.