New York, 22 September 2020. The US government does not hide its intention to apply new and harsher aggressive measures against Cuba in the coming months. We declare one more, to the international community that our people, proud of its history and committed to the ideals and the work of the Revolution, will know how to resist and overcome, the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, vigorously stated at the General Debate of the 75th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In his statement, screened at the United Nations, the Cuban President highlighted how Cuba has dealt with the pandemic in an effective way, despite the harsh restrictions of the sixty-year commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US government.
He denounced that the blockade has been brutally tightened in the last two years, even in times of a pandemic, as an essential evidence of the US hostile policy towards Havana. Likewise, he pointed out that the prosecution of Cuban financial transactions has been one of its main variants, and since 2019 the US government has adopted measures that violate international law, to deprive the Cubans of the possibility of acquiring the fuel they require for their daily activities and their development.
Díaz-Canel Bermúdez also explained how, in order to harm and demonize the Cuban Revolution and others it qualifies as enemies, the United States publishes spurious lists lacking in legitimacy, with which it claims the right to impose unilateral coercive measures and unfounded qualifications on the world.
Moreover, he denounced the double standards of the US government in the fight against terrorism, which has been unable to qualify the attack against the Cuban Embassy in Washington, on 30 April 2020, as a terrorist act.
The Caribbean President demanded the cessation of hostility and the smear campaign against the altruistic work of the international medical cooperation provided by Cuba which, with high prestige and verifiable results, has contributed to save hundreds of lives and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on several parts of the world. At the same time, he condemned the gangster blackmail with which the United States has pressured the Pan American Health Organization with the purpose of using that regional body as an instrument of its sickening aggression against Cuba.
Díaz-Canel Bermúdez affirmed that Cuba, in response to received requests and guided by the profound solidarity and humanist vocation of its people, reinforces its cooperation by sending more than 3,700 health workers, organized in 46 medical brigades, to 39 countries and territories affected by COVID-19. Meanwhile, he added, the US government ignores the call to join efforts in the fight against the pandemic and withdraws from the WHO.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations