The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) today reiterated its rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, at the beginning of today's debate in the General Assembly UN, underway in New York.
We again urge the US government to put an end to the unilateral policy that violates international law, the UN Charter and the norms of coexistence, said Gholam-Ali Khoshru, Iranian delegate to the UN.
He appreciated as a positive step the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US. However, he said, the blockade has not changed its extraterritoriality which is multiplied by continuing persecution of Cuba's financial transactions.
The blockade´s restrictions have a negative impact on all Cuban sectors of society and economy, in particular public health, food, financial transactions and technology, said Gholam-Ali Khoshru.
He described this policy as the main obstacle to the economic development of Cuba, which causes damages to its people.
Also the Group of 77 and China spoke against this genocide against the Caribbean country intensified this year by the US Congress, which submitted 10 legislative initiatives to strengthen some aspects of the blockade.
Representing the block, Kingsley Mamabolo, South African Ambassador to the UN, said that although President Barack Obama has had an act of historical justice by removing Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, it did not mean a significant change for the removal of the blockade.
The South African diplomat asked US representatives at the UN to take steps to reverse these inhuman acts that aim to illegally punish the Caribbean nation and that go against the principles of international coexistence enshrined in the United Nations Charter.