Cuba remarks prerogatives to change application of US blockade

HAVANA, Sep. 27 (MNA) – Cuba said in its annual report to the United Nations on the permanence of the blockade of the island, the prerogatives to which President Barack Obama could turn to in order to keep changing the application of that punitive policy.

Although the US Congress is the competent authority to revoke the laws that compose the anti-Cuban measure applied for more than 50 years, there is a series of Executive decisions that the US president could make to reduce the impact of that sustained aggression.

They include authorizing the use of US dollars in Cuba's international transactions, as well as accepting that they could be made by means of the US bank system.

He can also order the US representatives in international financial institutions to stop hindering the granting of credits or other financial benefits for the island.

The document states that with the same objective, it should be allowed that Cuban planes and ships transfer passengers, cargo and mail between both countries, as well as authorizing direct exports of US products to Cuba.

Other possible measures would be allowing this country importing, from third nations, products that contain more than 10 percent of US components and authorizing in the United States imports of Cuban services and products, as biotechnology, tobacco, rum and others from markets in this countries, with components and ingredients as Cuban nickel and sugar.

The Executive orders in the United States could also allow the US companies to invest in Cuba, as well as authorizing US citizens to receive medical treatment in this nation.

Finally, the report mentioned the elimination of the prohibition to grant bank credits and financing to the Caribbean country, with the objective of buying products in the US markets, except agricultural products, which are prohibited by law.

If these group of decisions were adopted by the US president, something completely normal, according to the laws in that country, it would allow to make substantial progress for the total elimination of the blockade, something that has been demanded not only by Cuba, but also by the whole international community.

 

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