The brutal U.S. blockade against Cuba must come to an end, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the UN, Rafael Ramírez, stated this Monday, adding that the international community will undoubtedly support this cause yet again this year.
Speaking to Prensa Latina regarding the upcoming vote in the UN General Assembly on Cuba’s resolution seeking an end to the blockade, scheduled for October 27, the diplomat noted both his country’s and the world’s condemnation of the economic, commercial and financial sanctions imposed for over half a century on the island.
“I think as always, Cuba will see the utmost solidarity of the world at the United Nations,” he said.
According to Ramírez, the Cuban struggle against the blockade has become a universal cause in the struggle against injustice.
“The brutalmeasurebarelyhassupporters even inthe most backwardsectors,including within theU.S. itself,” he stressed, with eightdays to go before the Assembly votes on the draft resolution, the24thsince 1992, which calls for the lifting of theblockade.
Last year the resolution received 188 votes in favor of the possible 193 – just as in the two previous votes – with only the United States and Israel voting against.
This year, expectations seem focused on the possible position that Washington may assume, following U.S. President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to end the blockade, which became law with the approval of the Helms-Burton Act in 1996.