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US Blockade does not bend Cuba’s will, Ambassador to Colombia says

Bogota, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to Colombia, Javier Caamaño, affirmed in this capital on Wednesday that his country has not renounced the Sustainable Development Goals despite the obstacles imposed by the US blockade.

Caamaño stated that for Cuba, the rights of children, mothers, youth, and access to education and healthcare continue to be essential because the priority and essence of the Revolution is to bring these achievements to the people.

In an interview with the Colombian weekly Voz, the diplomat listed the hardships brought upon the Cuban people for more than 60 years of US unilateral siege and now, adding the inclusion of the island in the list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism.

The ambassador explained how, since 1960, successive US administrations have tried to ensure that Cuba be in needs, with scarcity of essential products, and a non-prospering economy to provoke social confrontations between the citizens and the Government.

Caamaño emphasized on the designation of Cuba as a presumed state sponsor of terrorism, an arbitrary list drawn up by the US Department of State, as something absolutely unilateral and politically manipulated.

He recalled that Cuba was added to that list in 2020, supposedly because the Colombian Government, at that time, had broken off negotiations with the National Liberation Army insurgency, so the US asked Cuba, as the guarantor country and the venue of those negotiations, to hand over to them members of that guerrilla group.

This request, he argued, was absurd from any point of view, as there is no way for a guarantor nation to capture one party and hand it over to another.

In 2023, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted on a resolution presented by Cuba. 187 nations were in favor, two against, the United States and Israel, and one abstention. This shows that Cuba is not alone, he said.