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Puebla Group asks Biden to end the blockade of Cuba

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Puebla Group asks Biden to end the blockade of Cuba

Buenos Aires, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Puebla Group today asked US President Joe Biden to continue with the program of normalization of relations with Cuba initiated by Barack Obama and to end the illegal blockade imposed on the island.
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In a communiqué expressing its support to the government of President Miguel Díaz-Canel, the progressive alliance invited Biden to resume the normalization of relations program, of which he was a part, and also advocated the withdrawal of the United States from the Guantanamo naval base.

On the other hand, the Group stated that President Díaz-Canel will know how to handle the recent social situation with prudence and diligence, while stressing that the legitimate discontent being experienced on the island has much to do, as in many countries in the region, with the social havoc caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the case of the island, he recalled that in addition to these circumstances, there is the inhuman impact of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States more than 60 years ago and repeatedly rejected by the United Nations General Assembly.

Likewise, it added that in spite of these restrictions, Cuba today shows the best indexes of social equality in the region, including a precursor vaccine against the pandemic.

Finally, the Group made ‘a call to the Cuban people to find peaceful channels to help overcome this crisis within the framework of the proposed reforms in the areas of small and medium property, political participation and constitutional reforms proposed by the government of President Díaz-Canel’.

The letter bears the signatures of several of the founding members of the Group, among them former presidents Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva (Brazil), Ernesto Samper (Colombia), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Fernando Lugo (Paraguay).

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