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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Biden is called to lift unilateral US sanctions against Cuba

Washington, Feb. 17.- An organization based in the North American capital, called Cuba Study Group (CSG), asked President Joe Biden today to promote the lifting of the measures that make up the United States blockade against the island. 

The CSG also called on the head of the White House to order an immediate review of the redesignation of Cuba as one of the states that according to Washington sponsor terrorism, and once again renounce Title III of the Helms-Burton Act - as a way to initiate improvement of bilateral ties.

The members of the organization, who are business leaders and young Cuban-American professionals residing in the United States, asked the US Executive to update and restore the 2016 Presidential Policy Directive entitled United States-Cuba Normalization, approved by President Barack Obama.

The organization, self-defined as a non-profit and non-partisan entity, called on the head of the White House and his advisers to generate 'the political space necessary for Congress to lift the unilateral sanctions' imposed on the nation for almost six decades. Caribbean.

The document's makers advise the Biden administration to modify Washington's traditional policy of 'regime change', rejected by the island's authorities, in an attempt to overthrow the Government of Havana.

The United States and Cuba must strive to shield the gains made against subsequent unpredictable political cycles, the study adds, as progress will only be achieved through provisions that create the space necessary for Congress to remove such restrictions.

The proposals presented by the CSG to the White House come just a month after the inauguration of Biden , who promised to change the policy developed by his predecessor, Donald Trump .

During the term of the Republican ruler (2017-2021), unilateral sanctions against Cuba increased to unprecedented levels.

Among the most significant pretexts put forward by Trump to sabotage the course towards normalization established between Havana and Washington during the Obama administration, are the alleged health incidents or 'sonic attacks' against his diplomats in Cuba.

Such fallacies were confirmed in a recently declassified US State Department report that confirms the lack of evidence to link Cuba with the "mysterious ailments" that affected US officials .

The Cuban authorities have reiterated on numerous occasions that Washington's economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Caribbean island is the main obstacle towards the beginning of a process of normalization of bilateral ties.

The government of the island also rejects, according to statements by its main officials, any conditionality harmful to the sovereignty of the island that the US Executive imposes as a previous step to any improvement in the ties between Havana and Washington. (PL)