Cuban president blasts US in UN address

United Nations, Sep 23 (EFE).- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday in a pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly criticized the United States for what he said was Washington’s “unconventional war” against Cuba and the measures of economic coercion that he said the US imposes on other countries.

In his address at the 76th annual session of the international body, Diaz-Canel said that Washington uses economic sanctions as a central instrument of its foreign policy to threaten and exert pressure on other countries.

“The government of that country threatens, extorts and pressures sovereign states so that they speak and act against those who (the US government) identifies as adversaries,” he said.

Diaz-Canel said that this “unconventional war” against Cuba is being waged by Washington “through manipulation campaigns and lies,” using new information technologies and other digital platforms “to project internally and externally an absolutely false image of Cuban reality, sow confusion, destabilize, discredit the country and justify the regime change doctrine.”

“Occupation only leaves destruction, and no country has the right to impose its will on sovereign nations. Afghanistan is not an isolated case. It has been evidence that where the United States intervenes, there is an increase in instability, deaths, suffering and enduring scars,” said the Cuban leader.

Diaz-Canel also denounced the economic embargo imposed by Washington on Havana six decades ago, a measure that was tightened in the last year-and-a-half amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In that regard, he called international cooperation during the current health crisis “insufficient” and criticized the distribution of vaccines on the international level.

However, he emphasized the work of the Cuban scientific community, saying that “amid enormous scarcity, it created three vaccines and two vaccine candidates against Covid-19.”

Diaz-Canel also reiterated his government’s solidarity with the governments of Venezuela, Nicaragua and other international allies.


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