Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cuba to protest embargo at U.N.

According to the Cuban press, the country’s foreign minister will formally protest the decades-long U.S. embargo against the island. Felipe Perez Roque is reportedly in New York City where he will present a resolution to the United Nations on Wednesday.

As Cuban daily Granma mentioned in an article on the embargo:
The blockade is the principal obstacle to our country’s economic and social development and a flagrant violation of the human rights of all of Cuba’s people. Cuba will continue to demand that it be lifted and will not cease its efforts until the blockade is eliminated.
U.S. President George W. Bush continued his support of the embargo in remarks he made earlier this month in Miami. Furthermore, Cuban officials are pessimistic that the next president will end the embargo. Yet the hard line on the blockade by both countries may soften with the recent discovery of massive offshore oil fields.

Image- daylife.com (“An old car passes next to a billboard that reads "70 percent of Cuban people have been born under the Embargo" in a highway in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.”)
Time, Reuters Africa, Granma, Prensa Latina, Cuba News, AP

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