Cuba’s Report on Blockade in France

Paris, Oct 6. -The Cuban embassies in France and in the UNESCO presented in this capital the report on the Resolution 65/6 of the UN General Assembly, where the Caribbean country demands to end the U.S.-imposed blockade.In the presence of diplomats from all regions worldwide, representatives from political parties, French companies, academicians, journalists and groups of solidarity with the island, the heads of Cuban embassies explained the document.

This project, entitled "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba," will be presented at the UN Assembly on October 25.

Cuban ambassador to France Orlando Requejo talked of the document's essential points, where it denounces how the U.S. siege the international law, and is a transgression to the right to peace, development and security of a sovereign State.

To exemplify how the extraterritorial application of the blockade directly affects France, Requeijo mentioned a 374,000-USD fine imposed on August 18, 2011 to CMA CGM Navigation Company for providing services to Cuba.

Ramon Chao, writer and founder of Radio France Internacional special service, who introduced the book "State of siege: US economic sanctions against Cuba," by professor Salim Lamrani, attended the event.

Lamrani described the blockade applied after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, its impact, and extraterritorial nature strengthened as of the approval of the Torricelli Act in 1992 and the Helms-Burton Act in 1996.

The meeting was also attended by diplomats from Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Africa, Qatar and Namibia, among others. (Prensa Latina)