As stated on the UN website: “On 23 June 2021, the UN General Assembly once again rejected, by an overwhelming majority, the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States for nearly 60 years, stressing the need to end it as soon as possible. Adopted by 184 votes in favour, with the United States and Israel opposed and Brazil, Colombia and Ukraine abstaining, resolution A/75/L.97 joins 29 others adopted since 1992. The General Assembly also expresses its concern that, since the adoption of its previous resolutions, the blockade imposed on Cuba is still in force”.
The Peace Movement recalls that for peace, peoples must remain masters of their future. The Culture of Peace cannot be satisfied with actions to combat the logic of war alone. It calls for a commitment alongside the many forces that are carrying out the difficult task of making concrete the aspirations for a better life in the spirit of the “Good Life”, “Buen Vivir” carried by the cultures of the peoples of South America and the Caribbean. In South America and the Caribbean, peoples, including the Cuban population, have embarked on the difficult path of developing a process of liberation from the foreign or national financial powers that have enslaved them. Defending the Culture of Peace also means acting so that peoples can become masters of their own future without direct or hidden pressure from outside powers.
In this spirit, and in an economic context made difficult in particular because of the embargo but also following the will of the USA to pursue its interventions directly and indirectly in the internal affairs of Cuba, the French Peace Movement :
- Reaffirms its demand for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba since 1962
- Reaffirms its demand for the closure of the US military base and torture centre installed in Guantanamo on Cuban territory and reaffirms its demand for the return of Guantanamo to the Cuban state.
In Paris, 16 July 2021
The Peace Movement