‘US must end stiff sanctions against Cuba’

Press TV  |  April 28, 2014

Experts and political activists say it is time for the US government to change its hostile policy towards Cuba and lift its stiff commercial, financial and economic sanctions against the country.

188 member states of the Assembly support ending the US blockade against Cuba

Jason Marczak in the Atlantic Council, who has conducted a survey on the US people’s willingness to end the embargo on Cuba says, “We have found that 56 percent of Americans support normalizing or engaging more directly with Cuba.”

Noting that the statistics is even much higher between the Latin American populations, Marczek added that “the US tied to isolate Cuba but Cuba is far from isolation internationally.”

Teresa Gutierrez, the national director of the International Action Center for Latin America and Caribbean projects also believes that “sanctions have not worked because the Cuban people year after year expressed their support for the Cuban government.”

“They do not want to see their country or their society like Haiti or like Mahico or the Dominican Republic or Portofino, and this is one of the reasons why the blockade and other forms of regression the US has carried out for over 50 years has not succeeded,” Gutierrez added.

“Politically the [US] acts of regression against Cuba have not worked, but economically they have brought hardship [for the Cuban people] and that is why the United Nation and other entities have condemned the blockade and have called for its removal,” she said.

On November 13, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted, for the 21st year in a row, to denounce the commercial, economic, and financial embargoes imposed by the US against Cuba.

A record number of 188 member states of the Assembly supported the measure while the United States, Israel, and the Republic of Palau voted against it. The Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained.

Speaking at the General Assembly, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned “the inhuman, failed, and anachronistic policy of 11 successive US administrations.”

Havana and Washington have been at odds since the Cuban revolution, led by Fidel Castro, toppled Fulgencio Batista’s regime in 1959.

The United States imposed a partial trade embargo on the Caribbean island nation in October 1960. Washington imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba in February 1962.

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