The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the Government of the United States against Cuba for almost 60 years still persists, continues to cause suffering to the Cuban people and obstructs the economic development of the country. The purpose of this Report is to summarize the negative impacts resulting from the implementation of this policy from April 2016 to June 2017.
On September 29, 2017, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the decision to significantly downscale the diplomatic staff of the US embassy in Havana and withdraw all their relatives, claiming that there had been “attacks” perpetrated against US Government officials in Cuba which have harmed their health.
Statement by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, at the event in United Nations in solidarity with the countries affected by hurricane Irma. New York, September 18, 2017.
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Distinguished Representatives of the Caribbean Nations,
Gentlemen of the General Secretariat,
Dear Ministers and Heads of Delegations, representatives of agencies of the United Nations System, delegates and guests,
Hurricane Irma, with its destructive force, lashed against our island for more than 72 hours, from the morning of September 8 until the afternoon of Sunday 10. With winds that surpassed at times the 250 kilometers per hour, it traveled almost all the north of the country. However, by the vastness of its size practically no territory was spared of its effects.