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Monday, October 15, 2018

French senators demand end of US blockade to Cuba

Paris, Oct 15. -The France-Caribbean Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Senate sent a letter to the President of the Senate and Deputy President of the United States, Mike Pence, to demand the end of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, diplomatic sources reported on Monday.

In the letter, signed by the president of the group, Helene Conway-Mouret, the French parliamentarians stated that the United Nations has been calling for years the elimination of this economic, commercial and financial siege.

The text recalled that in 2017, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, almost unanimously, in which the need to end the blockade is highlighted. It also calls on countries to refrain from promulgating and applying laws that do not conform to the obligations of the Charter of the United Nations and  the international law, which reaffirm the freedom of commerce and navigation.

The statement by the French legislators says that the “members of the Friendship Group regret the serious consequences of the blockade, which hinders the development of the country in all sectors of the economy and directly affects the welfare of the population.”

In the framework of the upcoming vote at the UN Assembly on the need to end this hostile policy, “we reaffirm our support for the position of the United Nations, and we demand that (the United States) refuse the blockade,” the document states.

The France-Caribbean Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Senate, in the current legislature, was set up in December 2017 and it is composed of 21 members, belonging to all political groups represented in the French Senate. (Taken from Prensa Latina)