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Brazil firmly opposed the U.S. blockade against Cuba at the UN

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United Nations, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) Brazil reiterated here today its firm opposition to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba and to the extraterritorial application of discriminatory commercial laws.

Brazil does not agree with the imposition of unilateral sanctions of any kind, said the Brazilian representative, speaking during the vote on the Cuban resolution against the blockade at the United Nations General Assembly.

He demanded that the United States normalize relations with Cuba and recalled that since 1962 the rejection of this siege against the island is virtually an international consensus.

He pointed out that the sanctions imposed on Cuba have not only generated significant losses for the Caribbean country in monetary terms in the last 60 years, but in qualitative terms they have affected and continue to damage the full enjoyment of the Cuban people’s rights.

The blockade harms the poor who suffer the impact of these unilateral measures through economic uncertainty… and constitutes an obstacle to Cuba’s efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals,’ denounced the Brazilian official.

He detailed that Washington’s decision to include Havana in the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism on January 12, 2021 aggravates the impact of the blockade and ‘this designation lacks elements, and that is why we call for the elimination of Cuba from that list’.

He called for intensifying economic relations with Cuba, ‘the right path to be followed by all countries interested in supporting the development of the island and the improvement of the living conditions of millions of Cuban citizens’.

He referred to words of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva that Brazil will continue to denounce measures adopted without the backing of the United Nations Charter such as the blockade imposed on Cuba and the attempt to classify this country as a sponsor of terrorism.

“Brazil will vote in favor of the resolution condemning the US siege against the Caribbean island”, concluded the Brazilian representative.

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