The Parliament of Dominica has passed a resolution calling on the United States of America to remove a sixty-year-old economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed against Cuba; and the removal of Cuba from the list of state-sponsored terrorism.
The United States embargo against Cuba prevents American businesses, and businesses with commercial activities in the United States, from conducting trade with Cuban interests.
It is the most enduring trade embargo in modern history.
This resolution was tabled by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations, Kenneth Darroux.
“And whereas the United States of America initiated an economic blockade on Cuba since 1962 and placed Cuba on the list of state-sponsored terrorism again in 2021, and whereas the blockade has significantly damaged the Cuban economy with accumulated damages expected to be USD$144 billion dollars over six decades. These blockades have caused more harm than good to the ordinary citizens by preventing them from enjoying their basic human rights and dignity.”
Dr. Darroux stated further that the unilateral action of placing the Republic of Cuba on the state-sponsored list of terrorism by the USA has increased the country’s difficulties in entering trade and carrying out financial operations which the Government of Dominica views as counter-productive.
This addition to the state-sponsored list of terrorism has also exacerbated the plight of the Cuban citizenry on the brink of basic human survival.
“Be it resolved that this Honorable House, one, in the recognition of the alienable human rights of the citizens of the Cuban call on the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the USA against Cuba, and recommend that in the interest of brotherhood that the initiative started by the Obama-Biden administration may rekindle.”
“Two, in the spirit of encouraging regional and international cooperation which strongly condemns the policy actions taken by the USA and recommend that Cuba will be removed from the list of state-sponsored terrorism,” Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations, Kenneth Darroux stated.
Meanwhile, Member for Roseau North, Danny Lugay also showed support to the resolution tabled by the Foreign Affairs Minister.
“To impose a six-decade blockade on Cuba is very unjust,” he said as he added his voice to the debate on the resolution.
“I’m hoping with the change of administration in the US that good sense can prevail.”
Lugay added, “Cuba has been a good friend of Dominica for several decades, and even with the advent of Hurricane Maria, I’ve seen some of the workers…and in the spirit of they [Cuba] being a great friend to Dominica we [Opposition] will overlook that pettiness but we’ll look at the bigger picture and recognize that Cuba has been very good to us and as a result of that I’m saying that I’m in support of the motion to end the blockade of the United States on Cuba.”