The state Duma asks the UN to urge the US to end embargo against Cuba

MOSCOW, October 23. The state Duma adopted an appeal to the UN General Assembly, parliaments of member States of the UN and international parliamentary organizations with the proposal to urge the U.S. to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.

“The state Duma once again urged the U.S. Congress to expeditiously consider the question of the abolition of the so-called Helms – Burton and other legislative acts dealing with economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba”, – the document says.

The authors of the project “with regret that, despite the rhetoric of the American administration on the normalization of relations, and made in a message to Congress the recognition of the President of the United States that policy towards Cuba is obsolete, in September 2015, the law on the trading with the enemy was again renewed, allegedly in accordance with the national interests of the United States”.

According to Russian parliamentarians, the use of the internal political situation as justification for the blockade of a sovereign state is totally unacceptable. “The state Duma urges US Congress to immediately begin review of legislation on economic, commercial and financial embargo of the Republic of Cuba, including for consideration as a matter of priority bills introduced on the normalization of relations and reconciliation between the United States and the Republic of Cuba”, – the document says.

According to him, “attempts to link the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial embargo of the Republic of Cuba to the situation in human rights in a sovereign state that realizes the right to choose the development model, inappropriate and inconsistent with generally recognized principles and norms of international law”.

“Mindful of the human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay, the state Duma called for an end to the use of the territory under the sovereignty of the Republic of Cuba, to detainees who are not citizens or employees of the U.S. Armed forces”, – the statement says.