Nigeria to host next Conference in Solidarity with Cuba

07 Jun 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – The sixth Continental African Conference in Solidarity with Cuba will be held in Nigeria in 2019.
This was resolved at the closing of the fifth Continental African Conference in Solidarity with Cuba held in Windhoek for the past three days.
The conference, which is held on a rotational basis every two years, among others aims to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the two countries by recognising the important work done in support of Cuba based on its solidarity; and agreeing on new strategies to work together, whilst reaffirming the historical and cultural links between Africa and Cuba.
In a draft declaration handed over at the end of the conference, the 183 delegates representing 26 African countries, Cuba and the United States of America (USA) demand the end of the economic blockade imposed on Cuba by the USA.
The USA imposed a commercial, economic, and financial embargo on Cuba in 1960 which has not yet been lifted.
It further demands that the US government should comply with the resolutions adopted for that purpose by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly over the last 25 years.
The declaration also requests the unconditional return to the government and people of Cuba of the territory occupied by the government of the United States at Guantanamo.
“We strongly denounce the constant violations of human rights in the prison of the United States government located at the naval base, under the hypocrisy of fighting against global terrorism,” the declaration says.
The Cuban government has consistently protested against the US presence on Cuban soil and called it illegal under international law, alleging that the base was imposed on Cuba by force.
The declaration also commends the assistance extended by the Cuban government in socio-economic spheres and the support of Cuban professionals in various countries.