Nejrin: Embargo on Cuba is the longest in human history [Archives:2005/890/Local News]

October 31 2005

Mohammed bin Sallam
SANA'A- Oct. 26- HE The Cuban Ambassador to Yemen, Piem Venipo Nejrin, held last Wednesday a press conference on the 40th anniversary of the economic embargo imposed on his country by the U.S.

The Cuban Ambassador said: “the economic, trade and financial embargo imposed on Cuba by the U.S. is the longest and most severe in the history of humanity. It is part of the U.S. aggressive policy and animosity toward the Cuban people and the main objective of it is to destroy the Cuban Revolution and make the Cubans suffer from starvation and famine.”

“This embargo constitutes a primary component in the policy of terrorizing the state and causing harm to its population without a distinction between ages and genders,” he added. “This policy was applied by ten U.S. administrations as an act of annihilation, according to the second article of Geneva Convention on Protection of Annihilation Crime and its Sanction, which was signed on Dec. 9-1948. The U.S. behavior forms a crime against the international law.”

Mr. Nejrin pointed out: “over 70% of the Cuban population were born and have been living under the embargo due to their insistence on defending their right for the determination of fate, as well as their insistence on achieving independence and social equity.”

According to preliminary reports, the loss caused by the embargo since it was imposed exceeded US $ 82 billion, with an annual average of $1.8 billion, the Cuban diplomat added. “The total amount does include more than 54 billion dollars that were attributed to direct damages on economic and social targets in Cuba as a result of destruction and terror operations, which have been fomented, organized and funded by the U.S., the estimated loss of last year alone exceeded 2.7 billion dollars.

In conclusion of the conference, the Cuban Ambassador set the demands of his country toped by urging the UN General Assembly to stop the embargo policy and the endorsement of thirteen of its decisions, concerning the backing of 169 UN member states.

Cuba renews its confirmation that such a U.S. conduct toward the international resolutions means an underestimation of the role of the UN, plurality and the international law.