US pressure on Latin America to isolate Cuba

The United States Department of State issued a statement to demand that Cuba respect “rights and freedoms” of its citizens after the protests that took place this month in that country, with which it managed to align some countries in the region as Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador, but that Argentina did not sign. “Nobody asked us to sign anything,” they said from the Palacio San Martín to PáginaI12. The proclamation promoted by Democratic President Joseph Biden was also not signed by many of his important international allies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Spain, who have voted in the United Nations in favor of lifting the extensive blockade and economic embargo. imposed by successive US governments on the Caribbean island.

“We call on the Cuban government to respect the legitimate rights and freedoms of the Cuban people without fear of being arrested or imprisoned. We urge the Cuban government to release those detained for exercising their right to demonstrate peacefully, “says one of the paragraphs of the statement released by the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken.

The text is endorsed and signed by more than 20 countries. Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador top the list of Latin Americans, which was also joined by countries in the region closely aligned with Washington such as Honduras and Guatemala.

From the Argentine Foreign Ministry they were forceful before the consultation of Página12 on the document promoted by the United States: “Nobody asked us to sign anything,” said the spokesmen of the Palacio San Martín. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Felipe Solá is already in Parú where he will attend this Wednesday the inauguration of maestro Pedro Castillo as president of that country.

President Alberto Fernández had already ruled on the issue. Although he maintained that “he does not know exactly the dimension” of what happened in Cuba, he reaffirmed the policy of non-intervention in third countries and recalled that in the last two meetings of the G-20 he asked “please that the blockades in the world, because when they block a country, they block a society, and that is the least humanitarian that exists. ” “There is nothing more inhumane in a pandemic than to block a country,” the President declared.

Meanwhile, another paragraph of the document released by the State Department maintains that “we urge the Cuban Government to pay attention to the voices and demands of the Cuban people,” while demanding “freedom of the press” and the re-establishment of the Internet.

“The international community will not waver in its support for the Cuban people and all those who defend the basic freedoms that every person deserves,” insists the text in tune with the foreign policy of the White House and to which fewer countries and strategic allies joined in principle. that the US government would have liked.

Among the signatories are Israel, a traditional ally of the United States; South Korea was the only Asian nation to join; They were also initialed by European countries such as Austria, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Ukraine.

The statement, however, is not signed by some of America’s main allies, such as the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Spain, despite their enthusiasm for collaborating with Democratic President Joe Biden. All of these countries have voted in the UN in favor of ending the US embargo on Cuba and were critical of the decision of former Republican President Donald Trump – Biden’s predecessor – to reimpose sanctions on Cuba lifted before his mandate.

Biden intends to make a common front with his allies to pressure Cuba, but Washington was traditionally isolated on this issue. In fact, the UN General Assembly condemned, in late June, by overwhelming majority and for the twenty-ninth time the embargo imposed against the island by the United States since 1962.

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