[News] US Blockade Costs Cuba US$833 Billion in Five Decades

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  US Blockade Costs Cuba US$833 Billion in Five Decades

  16 September 2015

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September 16, 2015

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said his country would once again 
present a resolution before the U.N. calling for an end to the blockade.

The blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States has impacted the 
country's economy to the tune of US$833.7 billion in five decades, the 
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced in a press conference 
Wednesday.

The figure differs to a U.N estimate of US$117 billion 
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Blockade-Cost-Cuba-117-Billion-UN-Reports-20150805-0013.html>between 
1960 and 2014.

“A claim by the international community to lift the blockade is 
indispensable,” said Rodriguez.

The Cuban Foreign Minister announced that the country would once again 
present a resolution before the General Assembly of the United Nations, 
calling on the United States to lift its blockade on the Caribbean country.

In last year's vote, the U.N. generally assembly voted overwhelmingly 
<http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/UN-General-Assembly-Votes-to-End-to-US-Blockade-on-Cuba-Again-20141028-0021.html> 
in favor of ending the blockade of Cuba by the United States with 188 
countries voting in favor of the resolution and only the United States 
and Israel voting against it.

Rodriguez added that this year's resolution would differ slightly from 
those presented in previous years and would place greater emphasis on 
the alleged violation of international law and calls on the U.N. General 
Secretary to prepare and present a report on the implementation of the 
resolution by the United States government.

This year's debate at the United Nations will take place in the context 
of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the 
United States. The debate and vote is expected to take place on October 27.

Rodriguez said that the resolution would also recognize U.S. President 
Barack Obama's support for the end of the blockade.

"Seventy-seven percent of the Cuban population was born and has lived 
under the cruel effects of the blockade, the humanitarian impact and 
damage is extreme and cannot be measured (only) in numbers," said 
Rodriguez.

The Cuban foreign minister mentioned examples of the consequences of the 
blockade on Cuba, including the impacts on its financial transactions 
throughout the world, and the difficulty Cuban hospitals face in 
accessing the necessary supplies to provide adequate cancer treatment.

Rodriguez said that the blockade had failed in its objective to 
isolate Cuba.

Rodriguez added that Cuban President Raul Castro would travel to U.N. 
headquarters in New York alongside with Pope Francis, who will visit the 
United States after a visit to Cuba.

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