Venezuela: “Sooner or later, the Cuban people will have to be compensated for the pain inflicted on them by the US brutal blockade"

United Nations, November 7 (RHC)-- No obstacle will impede Cuba and Venezuela from continuing their path towards development, said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza when addressing the United Nations General Assembly as the body got ready on Thursday to vote on a  resolution demanding the lifting of the US blockade on Cuba.

Venezuela’s top diplomat said that his high-level delegation to the debate on the resolution was an illustration of the priority his government attributes to the defense of the Caribbean island.

Arreaza said that the current US escalation against Havana is imperial arrogance vis-a-vis the dignity and courage of the heroic Cuban peoplefor their decision to govern their future and to struggle for their own well being and happiness.

He added that the consecutive virtually universal appeal in support for the Resolution shows the commitment by UN Member to the provisions in the Charter, including the principles of sovereign equality and the political independence of states.

However, Arreaza noted how the appeal has been disregarded and treated with contempt by those whose actions systematically violate the Charter and international law with impunity.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister called for a halt to economic and financial terrorism, and a halt to the non-conventional war with such lethal consequences for the people of Cuba and now the people of Venezuela.

“Political intolerance is not the way to handle international relations. Only governmental elites that are not civilized would use economic suffocation as a weapon of mass destruction to impose their political preferences on sovereign countries and to impose sufferings on the peoples. It is virtually a criminal practice and a crime against humanity,” said Arreaza.

The diplomat said that the US blockade on Cuba amounts to collective punishment because of the whims, caprices, and arrogance of those who believe they are superiors to others, and who think they're masters of the world, but he noted that Cuba has shown that they are wrong.

“Sooner or later, the Cuban people will have to be compensated for the pain inflicted on them by this brutal and arbitrary policy,” stressed the Venezuelan Foreign Ministers.

In concluding his remarks, Arreaza appealed to members of the international community to vote for the resolution.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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At UN, Cuba slams US ‘criminal’ practices undermining country’s development

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla painted a grim picture of the foreign trade obstacles, banking and financial restrictions, and travel limitations which he said are part of Washington’s “steady and qualitative” increase in hostilities against Havana.

Meanwhile, he stressed that the US-imposed economic, commercial and financial blockade continued to be the main obstacle to the country’s development.  

With companies transporting fuel, flag States, States of registration, as well as shipping and insurance companies all being “threatened and persecuted” by the US, Cuba has been “facing severe difficulties” and forced to adopt temporary emergency measures.

He rejected all such target measures, saying the US itself is “drowning in a sea of corruption, lies and immorality.”  He also denounced the country for allocating tens of millions of dollars toward political subversion and denying the First Secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party an entry visa on the basis of “gross slanders”.

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Moreover, Mr. Rodríguez Parrilla pointed out that earlier this week, in its “anti-Cuban obsession”, the US had blamed Cuba for “the failed plan to overthrow the Venezuelan Government.”

“Bilateral relations between Cuba and Venezuela are based on mutual respect and true solidarity”, he stressed, affirming his country’s support for “the legitimate Government headed by comrade Nicolas Maduro Moros”.

The Foreign Minister condemned the US for “the encouragement of coup d’etats, assassination of the country’s leaders, economic warfare and sabotage to power generation plants”.

Noting that the US and a few other countries recently decided to activate the “obsolete” Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, which he said “envisages the use of the military force”, Mr. Rodríguez Parrilla criticized the “absurd decision” as jeopardizing regional peace and security while justifying interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

“We reject Washington’s attempts to destabilize the Government of Nicaragua and ratify our unswerving solidarity with President Daniel Ortega”, he continued.

He said “neoliberal capitalism is…responsible for the increasing social and economic inequality affecting even the most developed societies” and that it “fosters corruption, social marginalization, the rise in crime, racial intolerance and xenophobia”.

Even under the present circumstances, he said “we will not renounce our determination to develop a civilized relation” with the US, as his country believed that to be the desire of the American and Cuban people living in the US.

At the same time, the Foreign Minister cautioned that “economic aggression, no matter how hard the threats and blackmail might be, will not extract a single concession from us”.

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Cuban President Slams ‘Genocidal’ US Blockade on Havana

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez has called US policy toward his country "genocidal", referring in particular to the trade embargo.

"US Government implements brutal and genocidal policy of tightening the blockade and financial persecution, in addition to obstructing oil shipments to Cuba. Our people resists and triumphs", Bermudez wrote on Twitter.

In 2015, then-US President Barack Obama announced the decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. Obama relaxed the trade embargo and eliminated some restrictions on travel, money transfers and naval regulations.

In 2017, US President Donald Trump reversed the policy of his predecessor and abandoned attempts to normalize relations with Cuba.

Earlier this month, Trump signed an executive order to prolong the trade embargo on Cuba for another year.

Shortly after taking office on 20 January 2017, Trump said his administration would review Obama’s policies toward Cuba, with the White House stressing that it would focus on human rights as a fundamental approach to its relations with Havana.

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UN vote on Cuba's resolution against blockade: 189 in favor, 2 against, no absentions

United Nations, November 1 (RHC)-- The United Nations General Assembly passed with 189 votes in favor and only 2 against -- the United States and Isreal -- a Cuban-sponsored resolution on the necessity of ending the blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.

This was the 27th consecutive time, since 1992, that the world body approves such a resolution, urging the U.S. to lift its coercive measure against the Caribbean state.

Prior to the vote on the resolution on the U.S. blockade, the eight amendments introduced by the U.S. government to try to confuse UN member states were rejected, one by one, by the UN member states.  The only three votes in favor of the U.S.-proposed amendments were those of the United States itself, Israel and Ukraine.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday morning, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez insisted that the U.S. blockade violates the human rights of the entire Cuban people.

Shortly before the vote, Bruno charged that despite all the pressure exerted on sovereign nations and the amendments introduced by the U.S. government to try to create confusion and boycott the debate and approval of the resolution against the U.S. blockade, he was confident that the resolution would be passed as traditional -- with the support of the vast majority of UN member states, represented at the General Assembly.

Senior representatives of national governments, regional blocs and international organizations and took the floor, during Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions, to explain their vote in favor of the Cuban-sponsored resolution and against the U.S. blockade, urging Washington to listen to the claim of the vast majority of the international community represented at the UN General Assembly, thus correcting this wrong by repealing, once and for all, the economic siege of Cuba.

The rejected the extraterritorial nature of the U.S. blockade and the obstacles it imposes on Cuba's normal economic, trade and financial relations with the rest of the world.

Edited by Ed Newman
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Cuban President Wound Up Visit to UN, New York

United Nations, Sep 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel wound up on Sunday his busy agenda at the United Nations and New York City and flew back home.

At the UN and NYC he addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, the General Assembly and held meetings with world leaders, US politicians and business people, Cuban emigrees and American friends of Cuba.

Diaz-Canel lashed out at the long standing US policy of economic, financial and trade blockade against Cuba, and criticized industrialized nations for their lack of willingness to help eradicate poverty and hunger around the world.

The Cuban Statesman also attended a high level meeting on nuclear disarmament where he stressed that stop developing, producing and proliferating nuclear weapons become imperative and called for the destruction of existing atomic arsenals.

He supported the right of Palestinians as well as Saharauis to an independent State and backed the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela. He denounced so-called soft coups in South America and demanded former Brazilian President Inacio Lula Da Silva's freedom.

The Cuban dignitary asked for a halt of the war imposed on Syria and advocated for a negotiated solution of the conflict.

Diaz-Canel was welcomed at Columbia University, visited sites of historic interest in New York City like the National History Museum and the 9/11 Memorial, and paid tribute Cuban National Hero Jose Marti at the Cuban independent fighter's bronze monument.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

The Venezuelan leader is expected to deliver his General Assembly speech later on Wednesday. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said via Twitter Wednesday afternoon he was landing in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

"I come to the General Assembly of the United Nations to defend the truth about Venezuela, to bring the voice of our country," the president said on Twitter, in a video from the plane.

Nicolás Maduro @NicolasMaduro Aterrizando en Nueva York para participar en la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas. Traigo la voz de todo mi pueblo, vengo cargado de Pasión Patria para defender la verdad.

He asserted that he arrived in New York "full of passion and truths so that the entire world knows that Venezuela is standing up ... I also come to receive the solidarity of governments and peoples."

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Laughter at Trump’s UN Speech Sign of Growing US Isolation – Tehran

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Laughter at US President Donald Trump’s claims of US achievements during his speech at the UN General Assembly is a sign of his country’s deepening isolation, the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Wednesday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Mohammad Ali Jafari called laughter heard during Trump’s address to the assembly "a major political scandal" that spelled "further isolation of the US."

The commander also slammed the US leader for his "cheap comments" on Iran’s alleged villainy, saying the United States and its Gulf allies were the ones destabilizing the Middle East.

READ MORE: UN Sec. Council Will Isolate Trump, Not Iran, Against US Wishes — Iran Deputy FM

In his speech at the general assembly on Tuesday, the US president praised the "extraordinary" work of the current White House administration, while some delegates laughed and muttered. He then accused Iran of sowing "chaos, death and destruction" in the Middle East.

According to the media reports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left the hall of the UN General Assembly while Trump was talking, however, later correspondent of the Turkish government newspaper Sabah Ragip Soilu stressed that Erdogan left in order to prepare his own speech, not to protest against the US statements.

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Peña Nieto Rejects U.S. Blockade against Cuba at UN

President Enrique Peña Nieto has reiterated on Tuesday Mexico''s rejection of the United States'' economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba during his speech at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations.

In this regard, he assured the end of this policy would bring benefits to the entire region.

Peña Nieto also advocated dialogue as the way to solve the differences between Washington and Havana.

On the first day of the Assembly's general discussion, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno also called for the lifting of the blockade on Cuba.

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