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Celac reiterates its opposition to the economic blockade against Cuba

The Heads of State or Government of Latin America and the Caribbean, speaking at the VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24, 2023;

They reaffirm their opposition to economic coercive measures not supported by international law, including any unilateral action taken against sovereign countries, designed to harm the well-being of their peoples and prevent them from exercising their right to freely decide their own political, economic and social systems ;

They reiterate their firm opposition to the unlawful application of laws and measures contrary to international law, and condemn the execution of extraterritorial laws and coercive measures that violate the sovereignty and interests of third parties, and urge all States to put an immediate and unconditional end to this set. to your application;

Recalling that since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly has called for 30 resolutions on the need to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed on Cuba by the Government of the United States of America and underline the overwhelming support of the Member States of the United Nations for recent resolution A/RES/77/7, adopted November 3, 2022;

They call on the President of the United States of America to end the blockade against Cuba and on that country’s Congress to support this step;

They reiterate that this blockade violates the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law;

They also reiterate their deepest concern at the intensification of this policy, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their rejection of the extraterritorial dimension of the blockade, which has severely and negatively affected Cuba’s international financial transactions and the well-being of the Cuban people ;

They reject the arbitrary inclusion of Cuba in the unilateral list of states that support terrorism drawn up by the United States government;

They call on all parties involved to comply with the successive resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, which reaffirm the international community’s call to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, which violates international law and causes more serious and not justifiable harm to the well-being of the Cuban people.

Buenos Aires, Argentina,

January 24, 2023