United Nations launched a new countdown to its twenty-second condemnation of the U.S. blockade against Cuba next year, after another record vote registered thereon in the General Assembly. On Tuesday 13, a record number of 188 from the 193 UN countries endorsed a resolution introduced by the Caribbean island on necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.
The pronouncements of the UN´s highest body condemning that siege began on November 24, 1992 when the 47th Ordinary Session of the Assembly adopted by 59 votes in favor, three against and 71 abstentions, the first resolution in this regard.
On this occasion, as in previous years, the U.S. government was supported only by Israel and Palau at this time, in the box of votes against, while small Marshall Islands and Micronesia preferred to abstain.
In pure and simple mathematics, the results achieved by Cuba equals 97.4 percent of support from the entire international community in its fight against the blockade imposed for half a century by the greatest power in the world.
At the same time, the overwhelming opposition to the Washington´s measure took place a week after the election of President Barack Obama, whose first term was marked by a tightening of the blockade, particularly in its extraterritorial respects.
After the record vote on Tuesday, Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said that the head of the White House has now the opportunity to initiate a new policy toward Cuba, different from that of his 10 predecessors during more than half a century.
"It will be a difficult task and he will confront serious obstacles, but the president has the constitutional powers that would enable him to listen to the public opinion and generate the necessary dynamics, by means of executive decisions, even without the approval of the Congress," he said.
"This would be, without a doubt, a historical legacy," he emphasized.
Rodriguez indicated that as "the blockade is a unilateral policy, it should be lifted unilaterally," noting that "there is no legitimate or moral reason to maintain this blockade which is anchored in the Cold War."
The minister went further and reiterated, in the name of Cuban President Raul Castro, "the steadfast will of the Cuban government to move toward the normalization of relations with the United States through respectful dialogue, without preconditions, based on reciprocity and sovereign equality, without in the least undermining our independence and sovereignty."
In that perspective, the leader submitted to Washington an agenda for bilateral dialogue directed at moving toward the normalization of relations, which includes the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade.
It also contains the exclusion of Cuba from the arbitrary and illegal list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the repeal of the Cuban Adjustment Act and the "wet food/dry foot" policy, and compensation for economic and human damages, as well as, the return of the territory occupied by the Guantanamo naval base, the end of the radio and TV aggression, and the cessation of financing internal subversion.
And as an essential element, "the liberation of the five Cuban anti-terrorists who remain cruelly and unjustly imprisoned or detained in this country (USA)."
The latter as "an act of justice, or at least, a humanitarian solution" that "would arouse the gratitude of my people and the response of our government," Rodriguez stated.
The Cuban minister made the offer to the U.S. government to negotiate cooperation agreements to combat drug trafficking, terrorism, human trafficking and for the full normalization of migratory relations.
The minister also mentioned areas such as prevention and mitigation of natural disasters, protection of the environment and common seas, and the resumption of talks about migration issues and for restoring postal service.
President Obama has the opportunity to make history by modifying sick policy of blockade against Cuba, said Rodriguez starting the countdown to the new twenty-second UN condemnation against the U.S. blockade.