Havana, Cuba, Apr 16.- Cuba will not accept threats or blackmail from the U.S. government, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla reiterated before heads of state and government during his speech at the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.
Speaking at the high-level segment of the hemispheric meeting, which concluded Saturday at the Lima Convention Center, the head of Cuban diplomacy stressed that his country "does not want confrontation, but will not negotiate anything of its internal affairs, nor will it give up an inch of its principles.
During his speech, the FM stated that although they have suffered setbacks today, the progress made in recent years in relations with the United States was tangible when, in addition, it was demonstrated that civilized coexistence within the profound differences between governments was possible and beneficial.
In the current context, he denounced the hardening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US against Cuba, which causes limitations to the people and violates human rights, while at the same time being rejected by the international community and sectors of the northern country itself.
He argued that there is also growing global condemnation of the illegal occupation of the territory at Guantánamo by the U.S. naval base and torture and detention center there.
The pretext to reduce the number of U.S. embassy personnel in Cuba and affect the right to travel of Cubans and citizens of that country suffers total discredit, argued Rodríguez Parrilla in allusion to the alleged acoustic incidents suffered by Washington diplomats in Havana a few months ago.
At another point in his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs described the Organization of American States and its Secretary General, Luis Almagro, as mere U.S. instruments aimed at restoring imperialist domination in the region.
He questioned whether the theme of the Summit was precisely that of the fight against corruption, when this is aggravated within the circles of prosecutors and judges who act as political parties.
It is hidden in this meeting that corruption prevails among government leaders, parliamentarians, conservative politicians and the electoral systems, and in the northern banks where money laundering occurs, including from drug trafficking, among other crimes, he denounced.
In this scenario, he added that voters are prevented from voting for candidates with strong popular support, such as the former Brazilian president, currently imprisoned Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, "whose freedom we demand," he said.
The Cuban diplomat devoted much of his statement to Venezuela, saying that the seriousness of that country's arbitrary and unjust statement should not be underestimated as "an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the US superpower".
The exclusion of President Nicolas Maduro from this Summit is an affront to all the peoples of Our America, and a historic step backwards imposed by the current U.S. government, he said.
Once again, he advocated for the self-determination of the sister Bolivarian nation and reiterated Cuba's unwavering solidarity in defence of the Bolivarian and Chavista civil-military union of the people, headed by its constitutional President.
Referring to the attacks perpetrated against Syria by the US and NATO allies, the FM assured that it was a unilateral, illegal action, without evidence or conclusions from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
This flagrant violation of the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter will exacerbate the conflict in that country and in the region, he said, while expressing the island's rejection of the use of chemical and other mass extermination weapons by any actor or circumstance.
During his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his solidarity with other causes in the region, such as those of Ecuador, for the murder of three journalists, Puerto Rico and the Malvinas Islands, an Argentine territory occupied by the United Kingdom. (ACN)