EU and CELAC Urge Ending US Blockade on Cuba

Brussels, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) reiterated today the rejection of the US blockade against Cuba, as it constitutes a unilateral coercive measure with extraterritorial effect contrary to international law.

This was indicated in the final declaration of the second bi-regional ministerial summit that ended Tuesday in Brussels, in which high representatives of the 33 countries of the CELAC and the 28 of the EU participated.

‘We reiterate our rejection of the application of those unilateral coercive measures with extraterritorial effect that are contrary to international law and reiterate the need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba,’ the text said.

The two regional blocs reaffirmed their rejection of this hostile policy, maintained by Washington for more than half a century.

‘These measures have caused undue humanitarian consequences for the Cuban people and are damaging the legitimate development of commercial ties among Cuba, the European Union, and other countries,’ the statement added.

On the other hand, at the closing press conference of the conclave, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, stressed that the EU remains committed to the Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation signed between that bloc and Cuba.

The instrument, signed at the end of 2016, made it possible to establish a favorable framework for advancing bilateral ties.

On numerous occasions, both parties have denounced the negative effects of the blockade and its extraterritorial application, in the expansion of the links between the community entity and the Caribbean nation.

The ministerial meeting between the EU and CELAC was held on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, aimed at continuing to promote cooperation between the two regional organizations.

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