The demand to put an end to the United States blockade against Cuba is heard strongly in the United Nations, while the high-level debate of the 77th session of the General Assembly takes place.
Several Latin American leaders, including Argentina’s Alberto Fernández, Honduran Xiomara Castro and Bolivia’s Luis Arce, demanded an end to Washington’s punitive policies that have weighed on the Caribbean island for more than 60 years.
“I want to draw attention to the use of unilateral measures of coercion. In accordance with the UN Charter, the only legitimate sanctions are those imposed by the Security Council to enforce its decisions regarding the maintenance of peace and security,” said Fernández.
By virtue of this, he added, Argentina joins the demand of the peoples of Cuba and Venezuela to lift the blockades that those nations suffer.
Castro, for his part, rejected the US siege, which he described as infamous, and highlighted the need to seriously discuss the multipolarity of the world.
“We proclaim the return to respect for the self-determination of the peoples, rejecting the infamous and brutal blockade of the people of the sister Republic of Cuba,” he stated.
The ruler of Bolivia, for his part, affirmed that another clear sign of the application of unilateral measures is the inhumane and criminal commercial and financial blockade against the Antillean country, which puts the lives of millions of citizens at risk.
According to him, it is a crime against humanity to implement such measures, as is keeping the Caribbean island on the list of sponsors of terrorism.
“It is an unfortunate example that should make us reflect on how the majority of the decisions taken by the majority each year in this Assembly are not complied with by certain countries,” he added, referring to the draft resolution approved more than 25 years ago on the need to eliminate that punitive policy.
Arce considered it inconceivable that in a world hit by the crisis and the pandemic, unilateral coercive measures are still applied with the aim of bending governments at the cost of hunger and the suffering of their peoples.
He argued that in the current context, no country should be persecuted, penalized or cornered for exercising its right to freely determine its own political, economic and social system.
The 77th session of the General Assembly, attended by more than 150 dignitaries, began the day before under the theme “A decisive moment: transformative solutions for interrelated challenges.”