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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

European Left condemns US blockade of Cuba

The Party of the European Left -- which is made up of a number of socialist, communist, red-green and other Left parties including the Communist Parties of Spain and France and the Communist Refoundation Party of Italy -- held its 7th convention in Vienna, Austria between December 9-11 under the slogan "Peace, Bread, Roses".

At the convention the delegates approved a resolution proposed by the German leftist party Die Linke condemning the ongoing US blockade of Cuba.

It read:

Motion - Supporting the Republic of Cuba in the fight to lift the US blockade and sanctions
Proposed by DIE LINKE
The European Left welcomes the overwhelming result of the vote at the UN General Assembly on 3 November 2022 on the resolution on the "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba":
For the 30th year in a row, almost every country (185) on Earth voted to oppose the six-decade unilateral blockade which violates international and human rights and is, according to the Charter of the United Nations a "warlike act". The only countries that supported the illegal blockade were the United States itself and Israel. Brazil and Ukraine abstained. So far, the US government has ignored this powerful vote and continues to act against it.
The Party of the European Left (EL) :
• Calls on governments and the EU to take concrete steps against the US blockade, in particular effective measures against the extraterritorial effects in Europe, as well as the end of the financial blockade, which is illegal under EU- law (Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96 of 22 November 1996), but where European banks bow to US pressure.
• Urges the European Commission to lodge a complaint with the WTO against the ongoing violation of international trade law by the US blockade and sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela.

A Cuban delegation attended the convention headed by the deputy head of the Department of International Relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Juan Carlos Marsan Aguilera.

According to the party's official website, Marsan Aguilera thanked the delegates for their solidarity towards Cuba and "reiterated the will to consolidate our bilateral relations, in order to strengthen the cooperation of leftist and progressive forces in the anti-imperialist struggle, 200 years after the Monroe Doctrine."


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