Pohamba calls for unconditional lifting of Cuba embargo

29 Sep 2013 05:20
WINDHOEK, 29 SEP (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has once again called for the unconditional lifting of the embargo against Cuba.
The United States of America’s economic embargo on Cuba is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo partially imposed on that country in October 1960. It was enacted after Cuba nationalised the properties of United States citizens and corporations and was strengthened to a near-total embargo on 07 February 1962.
Pohamba made his call during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York in the US last Thursday.
“I take this opportunity to reiterate our steadfast solidarity with the people of Cuba who have endured harsh conditions due to the illegal economic blockade imposed on their country,” he was quoted as saying in a statement availed to Nampa on Friday.
According to information from the 68th session of the General Assembly, the Heads of States and Government from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia demanded the lifting of the US blockade against Cuba.
Pohamba also reaffirmed Namibia’s solidarity with the people of Western Sahara, and called for the implementation of the United Nations Settlement Plan for Western Sahara and implementation of relevant UN Resolutions on Palestine.
The Western Sahara conflict or Polisario Front dispute for independence is an ongoing conflict between the Polisario Front of the Sahrawi people which is Algerian-backed, and Morocco.
The bone of contention is the Western Sahara, a mainly dessert territory which is phosphate rich and believed to have offshore oil deposits. Most it has been under Morocco’s control since 1976.
President Pohamba also condemned the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population in Syria in the Middle East last month.
“Namibia welcomes the agreement reached by the Russian Federation and the United States to place Syrian chemical weapons under the control of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),” he stated.
He further noted that Namibia supports the efforts of the Joint Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and the League of Arab States to help the Syrian parties find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
The conflict in Syria began during pro-democracy demonstrations in that country in early 2011. The protests, and the reaction of the Syrian government to them, became increasingly violent.
President Pohamba and his delegation consisting of Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Tom Alweendo and Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister Charles Namoloh were expected to arrive back in Namibia on Sunday.