Addis Ababa October 26/2013 The government of Cuba said the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States 50 years ago caused an over 1.1 trillion USD economic damage in the country between May 2012 and April 2013.
A report issued by Cuba on United Nations Resolution 67/4 said the blockade affected various sectors including health, food, education and foreign sectors as well as financial institutions, among others.
While presenting the report at the Cuban Embassy here Friday, Silvio J. Martinez, Professor at the Adama University said the country forced to purchase equipments, medicines and other goods from distant markets because of the embargo.
He noted that in 2012 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which stated the necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the U.S. against Cuba.
Despite protests by the international community and growing opposition within the U.S, the government of U.S. extended once more the embargo, the report said.
The report urged the U.S government to immediately and unconditionally lift the embargo.
Ambassador Juan Manuel Rodriguez on his part said his government is willing to negotiate with the U.S without any preconditions.
But the U.S government has put preconditions to be resettled before the negotiations, which is unacceptable by the government of Cuba, the Ambassador said.
The resolution, adopted by 188 votes in favor, is a manifestation of the desire of the international community to see an end of the unilateral sanctions.
The UN General Assembly at its 67th session held in November 2012 adopted the resolution entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”.