The Blockade Remains a Suffocating Reality

Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez stated that the decision of the US president to authorize the use of the dollar in transactions with Cuba has been "a mere announcement," for Cuban banks are still barred from opening accounts in the US

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-03-31 | 19:50:49 EST
Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez stated that the decision of the US president to authorize the use of the dollar in transactions with Cuba has been Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez stated that the decision of the US president to authorize the use of the dollar in transactions with Cuba has been "a mere announcement," for Cuban banks are still barred from opening accounts in the US. Photo: Abel Rojas BarallobreZoom
QUITO, March 29. The lifting of the blockade must be a unilateral act of the United States, Cuba´s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Tuesday in a telephone interview with the public media of Ecuador.

As the Minister of Foreign Affairs explained to the conglomerate formed by the Public Radio of Ecuador, Ecuador TV, the newspaper El Telegrafo and the Andes news agency, the end of the economic, financial and trade sanctions that Washington has applied against Cuba for more than five decades could never be a result of negotiation, nor in response to concessions made by the government of the Caribbean island, reported Prensa Latina.

Cuba does not blockade the US nor apply any discriminatory measures against US companies, or American tourists, recalled the head of Cuban diplomacy, who warned that despite recent executive measures adopted by President Barack Obama "the asphyxiating blockade remains a reality."

In this regard he noted that the president's decision to authorize the use of the dollar in transactions with Cuba has been in "a mere announcement," for Cuban banks, he said, are still prevented from opening accounts in the US.

I can say that at this time there are no normal financial transactions, he said.

Rodriguez warned that despite the process of normalization of bilateral relations started on December 17, 2014, and the recent visit of Obama to Havana, one could never be able to speak of normal ties while the United States also continues usurping a part of Cuban territory in Guantanamo, or funding programs and radio and television broadcasts to alter the prevailing constitutional order in the Caribbean country.

He also warned that Washington is keeping intact its strategic objectives to dominate Cuba economically and politically, citing as an example the opening up in the field of telecommunications, and financial support for the non-state sector, whose only aim, he said, is to build opposition to the Government.

With regard to the calls made by the US president for the Cuban people to forget history and just look to the future, the official stressed that Cuba is willing to build a relationship of dialogue and cooperation with the United States, but that does not entail renouncing one iota the principles of the revolution or independence.

The speeches can be nice, even sincere, but not a friendly word, nor a smile or a gesture of sympathy can wipe out the long history that marks the lives of the Cubans, he said.

In this regard, he described as extraordinarily timely the article published last Monday by Fidel Castro on Obama´s visit, in which the historic leader of the Revolution said that the island does not need gifts from the empire.

It seems to me an especially timely reflection by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro with his extraordinary historical, political and ethical authority on our people and in general, on international public opinion, when he reiterates what is a firm decision of the Cuban people.

Translated by ESTI

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