Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro has told leaders and diplomats gathered in New York for a UN session that the US trade embargo on Cuba violates international law.
Almagro made the remarks on Saturday in an address during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“Our country rejects any coercive unilateral or extra-territorial measure that contravenes the rules of international law and the principles of the UN Charter, whose clearest contemporary example is the embargo unfairly set against the Republic of Cuba,” Almagro said.
Commenting on the situation in South America, Almagro stated, “Even our region has received threats with a major ideological component. The attempted coup in Ecuador and the breakdown of democracy in Paraguay, show that change of governments has been affected in the implementation of their policies. Rule of law and democracy are not acquired values. On the contrary, they must be defended each day as treasures.”
According to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, the embargo has done $108 billion of damage to the Cuban economy and has also violated the constitutional rights of US citizens.
The United States imposed a partial trade embargo on the Caribbean island nation in October 1960, a little less than two years after Fulgencio Batista’s regime was overthrown by the Cuban revolution.
Washington imposed a full trade embargo on Cuba in February 1962.
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