New York, 19 October, 2016. Within the U.S. society there has always been an important number of sectors that have been opposed to the absurd policy of the Embargo against Cuba. The U.S. press has echoed these claims: The New York Times and Bloomberg have spotlighted the growing bipartite support and that of U.S. society in general in favor of lifting the Embargo against Cuba. They have even issued appeals to the U.S. Congress supporting a new policy towards Cuba based on the fact that most of U.S. political and civil sectors, including those having Cuban origins, are in support.
New York, 19 October 2016. “The threat of an arms race in outer space and its militarization increases with the continuing development and improvement of space weapons, the presence of war materials in space such as military satellites, and the absence of a legally binding framework preventing weapons from been deployed in outer space.”, noted Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Versón Representative of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when addressing the Thematic Debate of the First Committee on “Outer Space”.
Obama’s new measures are positive but of a very limited nature.
New York, 17 October 2016. The United States Government issued a Presidential Policy Directive on Cuba and announced a group of measures to modify the application of some aspects of the Embargo, which will come into force on Monday, 17 October.
The directive is a significant step forward within the process towards the lifting of the Embargo and the improvement of the relations between the United States and Cuba.
New York, 17 October 2016. “Although positive progress has been made in the establishment of human rights standards for indigenous peoples, who represent more than 5 percent of the world population, they continue to face serious violations of their rights every day. Violence, marginalization, dispossession of land, expulsion or forced relocation, denial of land rights among others constitute the unfortunate reality of indigenous communities in many areas of the world.”, highlighted at the Third Committee the Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Mrs.
New York, 17 October 2016. At the First Committee Thematic Debate on Nuclear Weapons, the Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Versón, reiterated that the existence of over 15,000 nuclear weapons, 4,000 of them ready to be deployed, cannot be justified and is unacceptable and urged to eliminate, once and for all, the role of nuclear weapons in military doctrines and security policies.