1 September 1992

Doc. 6653

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION

on the blockade of Cuba

presented by Mr RODRIGUES and others


1.       For more than thirty years the people of Cuba have been subjected to the effects of the blockade imposed on their country by the United States Government.

2.       Virtually all the products whose sale to Cuba is prohibited by the North American authorities are of a non-strategic nature, comprising foodstuffs and medicaments.

3.       The main victims of the blockade are children and the elderly.

4.       The United States Government and Congress have put forward draft legislation, such as the Connie Mack and Torricelli amendments, likely to intensify the economic and commercial blockade of Cuba.

5.       Some initiatives imply extraterritorial application of North American trade policy.

6.       Several governments, including those of the United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland, have already voiced their concern in official documents about the North American measures prohibiting trade with Cuba by other countries, since they consider the practical application of these to undermine other countries' sovereignty, breaching principles of international law accepted throughout the world.

7.       The cold war is over, but serious conflicts continue in various parts of the world, frequently involving violence and making it difficult to realise humankind's aspirations for a new world order.

8.       The blockade imposed on Cuba derives from a unilateral decision, not from a resolution of the United Nations Security Council, and is the cause of mounting disapproval and disquiet in international public opinion.

9.       The Parliamentary Assembly hopes, leaving aside the differences of opinion among its members about the Cuban regime, that the United States Government and Congress will themselves take the initiative of reviewing the blockade measures (particularly the ban on sales of foodstuffs and medicaments) under which the people of Cuba and other countries are labouring and which flout the principles of international law.

Signed:       RODRIGUES, LAAKSO, CANDAL, BRITO, CURTO, MARTINS, PECCHIOLI, PIERALLI, BANKS, FIORINI, RUBBI, MESORACA.