Cuba condemns the decision of trump, but will continue dialogue with the United States
However, the authorities underline that the Cuban people will never renounce its sovereignty and independence.
HAVANA, June 17. /Offset. TASS bekrenev Andrei/. The government of Cuba condemns the decision of the President of the United States Donald trump to toughen policy towards the island, considering it a “setback to U.S.-Cuban relations.” However, Havana intends to continue dialogue with Washington. This is stated in the statement of the Cuban government, read Friday night on state television.
The President of the United States Donald trump in his speech in Miami that was full of hostile rhetoric, reminiscent of the open confrontation with our country, announced the policy of his government against Cuba, which negates the progress made over the past two years.
It notes that “the US government again resorted to violent means, taking measures to tighten the blockade remains in force since February 1962.” Cuban officials emphasize that the us embargo harms the people and impede the economic development of the country.
The report States that trump statements contrary to the wishes of the majority of the US population, including Cuban exiles, on the complete lifting of the embargo and the restoration of normal relations between Havana and Washington.
“The American President took action, supporting the political interests of an extremist minority of Cuban descent living in Florida, which, due to petty motives leaves no desire to punish Cuba and its people because they exercised their legal right to be free and have taken their destiny into their own hands,” says the government of the island nation.
The dialogue is not at the expense of the sovereignty
However, the Cuban authorities noted that they intend to continue “in a respectful dialogue with the U.S. government and cooperation in areas of mutual interest.”
However, in Havana underline that the Cuban people will never renounce its sovereignty and independence. “The last two years have demonstrated that the two countries, as has been said by the Chairman of the state Council and Council of Ministers Raul Castro, can cooperate and coexist in a civilized manner, respecting each other. However, you should not expect that Cuba make concessions that will harm its sovereignty and independence,” according to the statement.
Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social systems in Cuba — whether by pressure or the use of more sophisticated methods, — is doomed to failure.
Cuban authorities also denied allegations by trump that on the island of alleged human rights are not respected. “The Cuban people have fundamental rights and freedoms such as the right to education, health, public safety, equal pay. Using its modest resources, Cuba has contributed to improve the situation with human rights in many regions of the world, despite the established against her blockade,” the statement reads.
Cuba blamed the US for using human rights for political purposes, calling it a manifestation of the policy of double standards.
“The United States is not in a position to read us a lecture. We have serious concerns about respect for, and observance of human rights in this country, where there were numerous cases of violence by police, particularly against African Americans, where he intended to impose restrictions on the provision of medical services that threatens to leave no care to 23 million people, where they plan to fence off the walls from the neighbors and renounce international agreements on environmental protection,” — said the Cuban government.
The US refusal to normalise relations
On Friday, trump announced in Miami (Florida) on the abolition of certain decisions of his predecessor, Barack Obama, concerning the normalization of relations with Cuba.
In particular, the us administration is toughening the rules for travel in the Caribbean country for U.S. citizens and prohibits doing business with organizations controlled by the Cuban military.
However, Washington will not break off diplomatic relations with Havana, restored in 2015, and to close its Embassy in Cuba.
The United States broke diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1961, after the nationalization of American property on the island. At the same time, Washington has announced in relation to the introduction of Cuba trade embargo.
In December 2014, then-President Barack Obama acknowledged that the previous policy of Washington against Havana is not working, and announced the beginning of the movement towards normalization of bilateral relations, as well as on the easing of sanctions against the island nation. In March last year, the President of the United States for the first time in nearly 90 years made a visit to Cuba.