Brussels, May 10th – The Councils of Ministers of the Asia, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) has passed a resolution demanding the US economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba be lifted, diplomatic sources reported today.
In its 105 session, recently held in Belgium, the Group recalled the statements on the topic issued in the Declaration of its Sixth Summit of Heads of States and Government.
The resolution ‘condemns the use of unilateral coercive measures against certain developing countries in order to prevent them from exercising their right to determine their own political, economic and social systems,’ a release from the Cuban embassy in Brussels notes.
It was also rejected the implementation of measures and unilateral and extraterritorial legislation contrary to the international law, such as the Helms-Burton Act.
The resolution adopted ‘express concern over the extraterritorial application of the blockade, which also prevents Cuba from fulfilling its financial obligations to the ACP Group.’
In that sense, the Secretary General was requested to work to make possible for Havana to fulfill such obligations, since it is a member state of the Group.
The delegation of Cuba present at the session denounced the decision of ING Bank, where the Secretariat of the Group has its accounts, of not accepting the payment made by the Caribbean nation, stressed the diplomatic note.
According to the communiqué, since joining the ACP Group in 1999, Cuba has honored its financial commitments, as a sign of solidarity and commitment to its member countries.(Radio Rebelde)