Reply of our
foreign minister to the United States and the
Reply of Foreign Minister
Bruno Rodríguez to the United States and the
European Union during the General Assembly session
regarding the resolution "The necessity of ending
the economic, commercial and financial blockade
imposed by the United States against Cuba". New
York, October 26, 2010.
I would like to thank the three
speakers for their words and the delegations present
in this unexpected early evening session.
Regarding what was said by the
United States and the European Union:
This is the 19th occasion on which
the U.S. delegation has repeated the same things to
The blockade is an act of economic
warfare and an act of genocide.
Could it be that the State
Department has not done its homework or studied the
Last year, I read here the articles
of the corresponding conventions. I shall read them
"Article 2: (…) Genocide is
understood to be any of the following acts mentioned:
"Subsection (b) Causing serious
bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
"Subsection c) Deliberately
inflicting on the group conditions of life
calculated to bring about its physical destruction
in whole or in part;
I have already read here today Mr.
Mallory’s famous memorandum.
These are not "ideological arguments"
from the past. The blockade is an old ice floe left
over from the Cold War. It is not a rhetorical
matter, but an act of aggression against Cuba.
The aim of the United States is not
to help or support the Cuban people. It is well
known that the blockade provokes hardship and
suffering. It does not provoke deaths because the
Cuban Revolution prevents that. How can it justify
punishing Cuban children as has been described here?
If it wants to help or support the Cuban people, the
only thing it has to do is lift the blockade
Why do they prevent U.S. citizens
from visiting Cuba and receiving information at
first hand? Why do they restrict the so-called "people
to people" contacts?
The pretexts for the blockade have
changed over time. First, for allegedly belonging to
the Chinese-Soviet axis; then the supposed export of
revolution to Latin America; then the presence of
Cuban troops in Africa to help defeat the apartheid
system, preserve Angolan independence and achieve it
Later, the manipulation of human
rights. But the blockade is a brutal violation of
the human rights of the Cuban people.
We are willing to discuss human
rights violations. We could start with the
concentration camp in Guantánamo where torture is
practiced and habeas corpus does not exist. It is
the kingdom of "Military Commissions," outside of
the state of law. Could the U.S. delegation explain
what happened in the camps of Abu Ghraib, Bagram and
Were charges brought against those
responsible? Were charges brought against those in
European governments who authorized the secret
prisons in Europe and the secret CIA flights
carrying individuals who had been kidnapped? Can the
representative of the European Union clarify that
We could talk about Wikileaks. Why
don’t they tell us something about the atrocities
detailed in the 75,000 documents on crimes committed
in Afghanistan or the 400,000 on Iraq?
What can they tell us about the
extrajudicial executions that Bush mentioned in his
famous "State of the Union" speech in 2003 to the
applause of Congress? What has the current
government done with those responsible? Could it be
that the Joint Special Operations Command has been
disbanded? Have the executive orders and
authorization been revoked or are they still in
force? Is it true that General McChrystal reported
directly to Vice President Cheney? We could also
discuss the brutal violence using state of the art
technology that they call "counterinsurgency".
Changes in Cuba are a matter for the
Cuban people. We will change everything that has to
be changed, for the good of the Cuban people, but we
will not ask for the opinion of the U.S. government.
We freely chose our destiny. For that reason, we
made a revolution. They will be sovereign changes,
not "gestures". We know that the only thing that
would satisfy the United States would be the
installation of a pro-yanki government in
Cuba. But that is not going to happen.
You want to advance in
telecommunications? Lift the measures of the
blockade that make business in this field impossible
and end the theft of Cuban funds. Eliminate the
blockade measures that severely restrict the Cuban
people’s access to the Internet.
You want cooperation between our
universities? Eliminate the restrictions on academic,
student, scientific and cultural exchanges and allow
us to establish agreements between these
You want cooperation on issues such
as drug-trafficking, terrorism, human-trafficking,
natural disasters and mail services? Respond, at the
very least, to the proposal that we presented,
unconditionally, more than one year ago.
The U.S. government has changed, but
financing for internal subversion in Cuba remains
A high-ranking official with USAID
confirmed yesterday to journalist Tracey Eaton that,
during the most recent period, $15.6 million dollars
have been handed over to (and I quote) "individuals
on the ground in Cuba." That’s what they call their
The illegal radio and television
The five Cuban anti-terrorist
fighters are still unjustly incarcerated. Recently,
with no motive whatsoever, Gerardo Hernández Nordelo
was subjected to solitary confinement and denied
terrorists such as Orlando Bosch and Posada Carriles
freely walk the streets in Miami and even
participate in political activities there.
There are migratory talks but the
political manipulation of migration continues with
the Cuban Adjustment Act and the "wet foot-dry foot"
Once again, it is totally false that
the United States and Cuba are "economic partners".
Agricultural sales violate all the regulations and
practices of international trade and freedom of
navigation. Lies have been told in this hall
regarding alleged donations to Cuba from NGOs in the
region of $237 million dollars.
The blockade is abusively
extraterritorial and affects all those present here.
It is not a bilateral matter.
I have little to add to what has
already been said about the European Union:
We do not recognize any moral or
political authority whatsoever on the part of that
body in terms of human rights.
It would do better to concern itself
with its brutal anti-immigrant policy, the
deportation of minorities, the violent repression of
demonstrators and the growing social exclusion of
its unemployed and low-income sectors.
Shamelessly and disgracefully, the
European Parliament devotes itself to awarding
prizes to the paid agents of the U.S. government in
Now it says that the so-called
Common Position has been left behind. We shall see.
The facts will speak for themselves. But the
European Union is dreaming if it believes that it
will be able to normalize relations with Cuba while
the so-called Common Position exists.
Thank you very much.