More Denunciation of U.S. Blockade and Pressure Against Cuba

August 6, 2013

In recent months Cuban officials have repeatedly denounced the extraterritorial application of trade regulations codified in U.S. law as attempts to prevent trade between Cuba and other countries, and violations of the sovereignty of those countries affected. For example, on July 29, after the U.S. imposed a heavy fine on an Italian Bank the Cuban Foreign Ministry declared: "The extraterritorial application of this measure demonstrates the insolence with which the United States treats its European partners and sets a negative precedent for other institutions to trade with Cuba."

Spitting in the face of worldwide opposition to the illegal U.S. blockade of Cuba, the U.S. is trying to dictate the behavior of the whole world and demanding that every country and people actively go along with its attempt to starve the Cuban people into submission. The U.S. Treasury Department claims that non-compliance with U.S. dictate justifies the extraterritoriality of U.S. law and regulations because it could cause "significant harm to U.S. sanctions program objectives regarding Cuba."

Nevertheless, it is the U.S. blockade and pressure against Cuba which is in total defiance of international law and the accepted principles of sovereign equality amongst nations, non-intervention and non-interference in the international affairs of other countries as well as the freedom of international trade and navigation. U.S. policy is directed against the sovereign right of the Cuban people to determine their own economic and political system; U.S. policy attempts to dictate to and punish other countries which refuse to accept the blockade of Cuba. The U.S. openly declares that its aims are to overthrow the Cuban government and change Cuba's economic and social system.

The U.S. government's illegal and inhuman policy of subversion and aggression – its on-going attempt to starve a nation into submission – must be brought to an end.

The American people are demanding an end to the U.S. embargo and blockade and insist that the U.S. government recognize the sovereign and inviolable right of Cuba to determine its own affairs, free of U.S. intervention and pressure.