Distinguished Permanent Representatives and guests,
We thank, on behalf of the Government of Cuba, the convening of this Summit on Biodiversity, in an extremely adverse context of global health crisis caused by COVID-19.
His Excellency Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, recently warned that the pandemic has caused a 25-year setback in the search for solutions to important global problems.
New York, 30 September 2020. On 28 September 2020, Secretary of State of the United States of America Mike Pompeo announced the tightening of the blockade against Cuba with measures that increase the economic suffocation of the Cuban people, by including American International Services (AIS), which processes remittances to Cuba, in the Cuba Restricted List prepared by the State Department.
The Cuban people and the international community are aware of the dishonest campaign that the government of the United States has launched since 2019 to discredit Cuba’s international medical cooperation; exert pressure on the governments that have asked for it and deprive peoples of these health services.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba denounces that, as part of that offensive, the US government has unleashed an array of pressures and blackmails against the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).
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: