Jorge Valero, Venezuelan ambassador to the United
Nations, demanded this Tuesday that the United
States respect the appeal by the peoples of the
world, united in this body, to put an end to its
blockade of Cuba.
"Mr. President, is the imperial government of the
United States going to continue disregarding the
wishes of the General Assembly, which has repeatedly
condemned the blockade of our sister country, the
Republic of Cuba?" Valero asked emphatically in his
comments during the UN session in New York.
The ambassador said that his country firmly
supports "the resolution presented by our sister
country, the Republic of Cuba, in which the
suspension of the economic, commercial and financial
blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba is
once again demanded."
Venezuela's contribution to the discussion came
after representatives from Egypt and Yemen, speaking
for the Non-Aligned Movement and the Group of 77
(G77) plus China respectively, and Brazil, on behalf
of MERCOSUR, likewise rejected the U.S. measure
against the Cuban people.
Many were moved by the words of Maged Abdelaziz,
the Egyptian ambassador who ended his remarks to the
General Assembly by stating in Spanish, "End the
blockade now," according to DPA, the news agency
which also reported the support of Iran, Russia and
many African countries for the elimination of the
coercive sanctions against Cuba.
The news service Xinhua highlighted the comments
made by Baso Sangqu, South African representative to
the international body, who stated that for his
country the blockade, "constitutes a violation of
international law and its imposition demonstrates a
lack of respect for the noble and essential
principles conceived in the Magna Carta of the
"South Africa calls upon the United States to end
its unilateral isolation of Cuba."
"We demand, moreover, speedy action to dismantle
the unjust sanctions against Cuba, he stated."
Translated by Granma International