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        <h1 id="reader-title">US Blockade Costs Cuba US$833 Billion in
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            <pre style="position: absolute; left: -99999px;"> 16 September 2015

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              class="subtitle">September 16, 2015<br>
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              class="subtitle">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.</p>
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              <p>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.  </p>
              <p>The figure differs to a <a
href="http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Blockade-Cost-Cuba-117-Billion-UN-Reports-20150805-0013.html">U.N
                  estimate of US$117 billion </a>between 1960 and 2014.
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              <p>“A claim by the international community to lift the
                blockade is indispensable,” said Rodriguez. </p>
              <p>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.  </p>
              <p>In last year's vote, the U.N. generally assembly <a
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href="http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/UN-General-Assembly-Votes-to-End-to-US-Blockade-on-Cuba-Again-20141028-0021.html">voted
                  overwhelmingly</a> 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. </p>
              <p>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.  </p>
              <p>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.  </p>
              <p>Rodriguez said that the resolution would also recognize
                U.S. President Barack Obama's support for the end of the
                blockade.  </p>
              <p>"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. </p>
              <p>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.  </p>
              <p>Rodriguez said that the blockade had failed in its
                objective to isolate Cuba. </p>
              <p>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. </p>
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