United Nations, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The US blockade against Cuba is deliberately stricter mechanism that remains unchanged and was intensified with new unilateral provisions in full force today, denounced the island’s mission to the United Nations.
Through a statement released by that diplomatic legation and shared on his official Twitter account by Ambassador Pedro Luis Pedroso, details are offered on how Washington kept this escalation policy intact during the past year.
Since 2017, this trend began to intensify the economic, commercial and financial siege imposed by the US government, recalls the statement.
In addition, the text adds, the provisions associated with restrictions on travel to Cuba and the sending of remittances, as well as the mechanisms of financial persecution, remain unchanged.
According to the statement, keeping Cuba on the unilateral and illegal lists published by the US Department of State on alleged countries that sponsor terrorism reinforced the intimidating impact of the blockade and its extraterritoriality.
“The persistence in the full application of the Helms-Burton Act, he adds, including the authorization for lawsuits to be filed in US courts under its Title III, further expanded the scheme of hindering Cuba’s economic, commercial and financial relations. with third countries.”
All these coercive measures applied between the months of January, February, May and September 2021 and currently in force, are the expression of an intensified policy that remains intact, emphasizes the mission of the island.
Likewise, in another similar statement recently published, the diplomatic representation rejected the application of the Helms-Burton Act, which came into force in 1996.
This legislation codified the blockade against Cuba and strengthened its extraterritorial scope through coercive measures against third countries, in order to hinder and interrupt its commercial and investment relations with the largest of the Antilles, the text states.
For example, Title IV, applied on various occasions, denies entry into the United States to entrepreneurs from third countries who do business with Cuba that in some way relate to legally nationalized properties.
Meanwhile, Title III allows the former owners of nationalized properties the possibility of suing in US courts those natural and legal persons who in some way had contact with the said properties.
Such possibility to sue had been consistently suspended every six months since 1996 by all US presidents, but in April 2019 Donald Trump announced that it would be activated again. This decision has not been reversed by the Joe Biden administration.
For the first time in 23 years, on April 2, 2019, legal proceedings were initiated under the Helms-Burton Act. As of July 31, 2021, a total of 39 lawsuits had been filed, of which five were withdrawn and 34 remain ongoing.
This policy has affected entities from the United States and third countries that did or do business with Cuba, as well as national companies.