The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves, condemned from the rostrum of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.
“Saint Vincent and the Grenadines stands firmly against the continued interventionist assaults on the sovereignty of our neighbors in the Republic of Cuba and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The anachronistic economic blockade of Cuba is both illegal anunproductive. The time has long since passed for its complete repeal.
We regret deeply that the fledgling rapprochement between the United States and Cuba has stalled, and we call for a resumption of mutually respectful dialogue between our two friends”
In another part of his speech, the Vincentian president said:
"The peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean have repeatedly reaffirmed that our region is a Zone of Peace. Our peoples are not the pawns and playthings of any nation. Our America, our Caribbean defiantly affirm this; it is a noise in our blood, an echo in our bones.. "
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines holds, since June of this year, the rotating presidency of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).