Cuba demands at WTO end to US blockade

GENEVA, Sep. 29 (MNA) – Cuba reiterated the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States to the island for more than 50 years.

Despite the measures implemented by Washington to change the application of some aspects of the blockade and its calls to the Congress to eliminate it, the laws and regulations supporting this policy are still in force, a diplomatic source stressed.

In this regard, Monica Rodriguez, an official of the Cuban Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva, referred to the negative implications of the "Section 211 of the (US) Omnibus Law of Budgetary Assignments of 1998."

“In virtue of it, a specific license to renew the trademark registration for Havana Club rum has been denied for many years to the Cuban company Cubaexport,” she explained at the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Rodriguez stated that the sustained failure by the United States in this dispute, responds to the absurd measures and laws in force in the northern country to endorse the aforementioned fence.

“Among the serious consequences of this absurd policy, the compliance with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB, which since 2002 declared the Section 211 incompatible with the intellectual property rules of the WTO, is prevented,” she emphasized.

The diplomat recalled that for 23 consecutive years, the blockade has been expressly rejected by the international community at the UN General Assembly.

“On October 27, for the twenty-fourth time, the resolution entitled "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba" will be again voted on at the Assembly,” she said.

An important group of countries expressed their strong support for the island’s declaration, among them Mexico, Russia, Nicaragua, Bolivia, El Salvador, Ecuador, India, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Argentina, China, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.



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