The United States orchestrates unprecedented provocation against Cuba in the United Nations


Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. government called a press conference to slander Cuba in the UN’s Economic and Social Council hall. As the meeting concluded, a teleSUR correspondent stated, “This is the environment. The meeting is over. The hall almost empty. Very few of those invited by the U.S.”

Why is the United States taking this step?

The United States intends to defend, by any means, its unilateral policy of economic blockade, which is the object of universal condemnation, and violates international law.

The U.S. government knows that this conduct is not supported by the U.S. population, or by Cubans residing there. They fabricate unfounded accusations, issuing defamatory statements regarding the safety of diplomats in Cuba.

Far from dialoguing on the basis of respect, as Cuba has done to promote cooperation, as it does with other countries, the U.S. government resorts to fraudulent accusations and slander campaigns.

The U.S. government allocates millions of dollars every year to attack Cuba’s constitutional order, interfere in internal affairs, and finance individuals who act as agents of a foreign power, which is illegal in Cuba, as it is in the United States and other countries.

“Cuba is a country of peace, that conducts foreign relations based on respect and cooperation, that has a long track record of recognized solidarity and friendship, particularly with developing countries,” he said, “It is the U.S. policy toward Cuba that is isolated.”

He recalled that this coming October 31, the UN General Assembly will once again vote for an end to the blockade, “The United Sates government and its State Department should pay attention to this universal demand.”

Cuba reacts to the provocation

Given the situation, her Excellency Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Cuban ambassador and permanent representative before the UN, sent a letter of protest to UN General Secretary António Guterres, reminding him of norms related to the use of conference halls which clearly establish that only events in consonance with UN policies and principles may be held in these areas, and that their relevance to UN work must be presented.

She formally requested that the event planned by the United States in UN facilities be cancelled, and that an internal investigation be conducted to determine how this violation of policy was permitted.

Rodríguez continued in her letter, stating, “This, like so many other actions, is part of Washington’s desperate escalation against Havana to justify its genocidal policy of almost 60 years, which constitutes the principal obstacle to development in Cuba and is a flagrant violation of the human rights of Cubans.”

The issue of human rights has been manipulated many times by the United States to attack Cuba, but this provocation is of particular concern since it is taking place in UN facilities, shortly before the General Assembly vote to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba that has consistently won overwhelming support.

3:05 pm Meeting ends. As the meeting concluded, the teleSUR correspondent stated, “This is the environment. The meeting is over. The hall almost empty. Very few of those invited by the U.S.”

2:45 pm Cuba Sí, Bloqueo No, (Cuba yes, blockade, no) is the demand of #Cuba representatives at the anti-Cuban event in the UN Economic and Social Council hall, being held in violation of UN procedures, according the the Cuban Ministry on Twitter.

2:10 pm Cuban Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez requests to speak and is denied the floor by organizers.

The UN webcast does not broadcast the face of Cuba’s representative. UN Security removes those opposing the U.S. campaign against Cuba from the hall. More protests are heard.

1:45 pm Almagro joins U.S. spokesperson

Ambassador Kelley E. Currie, who appears to be stepping in to take on the role of toughie played by Nikki Haley as U.S. rep in the UN, calls on countries to join the U.S. in its attacks on Cuba using an old pretext, that Cuba does not share its vision of human rights.

Almagro, taking the floor, insults Cuba referring to Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro in disrespectful terms, and ignoring Cuba’s accomplishments in terms of human rights.

In the back of the room filled with U.S. lies, the condemnations of the Cuban delegation can be heard, demanding respect for our nation and the truth.

1:15 pm

Ambassador Kelley E. Currie, U.S. representative before the UN Economic and Social Council, will present the central argument attacking Cuba, alleging the existence of 130 political prisoners in the island.

1:00 pm

The United States is about to begin its press conference to accuse Cuba of human rights violations.

October 16th, 2018

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