Namibia wants U.S. embargo against Cuba fully lifted

02 Nov 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia has expressed disappointment with the United States (U.S) government’s decision to introduce new policies aimed at tightening the economic blockade against Cuba.
Neville Gertze, Namibia’s ambassador to the U.S. and head of the country’s permanent mission to the United Nations (UN), voiced this concern in New York on Wednesday during a follow up meeting to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
In his statement, availed to Nampa through the Ministry of International Relations, Gertze said Namibia is disheartened by the announcement which was made on 17 June 2017 by U.S. President Donald Trump of his new policy towards Cuba, which came to the fore with the signing of the directive entitled ‘National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States towards Cuba.
“This Directive puts forward new measures to tighten the blockade against Cuba. It reverses the positive steps taken by the previous administration and marks a setback in the bilateral relations between the two nations,” said Gertze.
He said the Cuban people have been victims of “this unfair and unnecessary action” for too long, and he therefore urges the U.S. government to reconsider these measures.
In taking this stance, the Namibian delegation at the meeting aligned themselves with statements delivered earlier by the Permanent Representative of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM); that of the Permanent Representative of Egypt on behalf of the African Union (AU); as well as the position adopted by the Permanent Representative of Ecuador on behalf of the G77 and China.
“This economic, commercial and financial blockade is contrary to international law and the Charter of the United Nations, as it violates the right to health and food, education, sports and culture and the right to the development of the Cuban people.
“It also severely impacts the Cuban economy, as it affects both foreign trade and investments, as well as the finances of the country,” he added.
The ambassador further stressed that Namibia remains hopeful that the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. against Cuba will be fully lifted and that the two countries will improve their bilateral relations and restore full cross-border economic activities to their mutual benefit.