New York, 24 September 2020. Donald Trump, President of the United States, announced new measures to tighten the blockade against Cuba during an event “honoring” the mercenaries of the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, on 23 September 2020. These measures, already put into force by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), are the following:
- Creation of a Cuba prohibited accommodations list, CPA;
- Elimination of the possibility of importing Cuban-origin alcohol and tobacco products into the United States, even if they are purchased in third countries;
- Elimination of the general license that authorizes persons subject to US jurisdiction to attend or organize professional meetings or conferences in Cuba; and
- Elimination of the general license that authorizes persons subject to US jurisdiction to travel to Cuba for public performances, to clinics, workshops and athletic and non- athletic competitions and exhibitions.
These new provisions are an expression of the constant aggression of the United States government against Cuba, which seeks to suffocate the Cuban economy and people. Likewise, they lead to the continued violation of US citizens´ rights to travel to Cuba, the only country in the world to which they cannot travel freely.
Moreover, they are a crude attempt to try to gain votes a few weeks before the presidential election in the United States, appealing to the political electoral machinery of south Florida, but without considering the true aspirations of Cubans and US persons of Cuban origin.
These measures add to several others already implemented during 2020 by President Trump´s government, which compound the economic hardships that Cuba faces as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations