Thursday, 29 October 2020

Costa Rican President Reiterates Rejection Of U.S. Blockade Against Cuba

Luis Guillermo Solis holding a Cuban flag. Photo from the President's official visit to Cuba in December 2015
Luis Guillermo Solis holding a Cuban flag. Photo from the President’s official visit to Cuba in December 2015

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis, stated Tuesday that the U.S. blockade imposed against Cuba for more than half a century does not contribute at all to the current reality in Latin America.

“We will vote against it,” said Solis in reference to the upcoming United Nations vote on a resolution presented by Cuba to eliminate the blockade that has affected the Caribbean island.

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In exclusive statements to Prensa Latina in Havana, Solis recalled that he has already expressed such position ‘loudly’ during his speech at the UN General Assembly last September.

The blockade does not contribute to the efforts of the Cuban and US governments to normalize their relations and there is no reason for it to exist at a time like this’, he said.

The president also criticized U.S. laws that inhibit the possibilities of rapprochement between the two countries, which should not be supported ‘as they have not for several decades by the vast majority of the states included in the UN’.

Solis described as extraordinary the efforts Cuba’s President, Raul Castro and the U.S. President, Barack Obama, to advance in the bilateral relations.

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