HAVANA, May 28 (Xinhua) – Cuban lawmakers on Friday condemned the U.S. embargo on the island for six decades.
During a parliamentary hearing chaired by Esteban Lazo Hernandez, president of the National Assembly of the People’s Power of Cuba, a group of deputies representing different areas of society noted that the embargo violates international law and violates the Charter of Nations United.
“The blockade is the most complete, unequal and protracted war ever waged against any nation. It violates international law and the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations,” they said in a statement.
The hearing came ahead of the Cuban government’s presentation of the draft annual resolution against the embargo to the UN General Assembly in June, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-pandemic. 19.
Cuban MP Raúl Alejandro Palmero said the US embargo has intensified since the health emergency on the island began in March 2020.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the US blockade has affected Cuba’s access to medical supplies, ventilators and masks,” he said, adding that people with disabilities have also been harmed by US economic sanctions. .
Between April 2019 and March 2020, the unilateral US policy towards the island has caused damage worth US $ 5.57 million, according to official figures.
Addressing the hearing, Yuri Valdes, deputy director of Cuba’s Finlay Vaccine Institute and also a lawmaker, said the U.S. embargo affects the massive deployment of vaccines on the island.
“We have not vaccinated more people against COVID-19 because we have lacked resources to produce more vaccines,” he said.
First imposed in 1962, the embargo prohibits U.S. companies from doing business with Cuba and selling products on the island with more than 10 percent U.S. components.
Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, director general of U.S. affairs at Cuba’s foreign ministry, said the U.S. embargo is meant to put the island on its knees.
“The Cuban government is defending its sovereignty and it is certain that the U.S. government is acting illegally,” he said.
The U.S. embargo on Cuba hardened during the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, which banned U.S. flights to Cuban cities except Havana, banned the visit of nations and cruises. Americans in the Caribbean nation and limited the remittances that Cuban Americans send to their families on the island.