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Minister Maduro Considers OAS Resolution Vindication for Cuba

Nonetheless, Maduro stated that this is not enough

The Foreign Affairs Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, celebrated the overturning of the resolution that excluded Cuba from the Organization of American States (OAS). The resolution was unanimously approved by the 34 member nations, at the XXIX General Assembly of the OAS, held on the 2 and 3 of June, 2009 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
 
For his part, the minister called attention to the history of intervention suffered by Latin America and called the decision made by the XXXIX General Assembly of the OAS “an historic decision.” Nonetheless, Maduro stated that the continent still needs to move forward in this regard.
 
“We welcome the measures that have been taken in order to improve the relations, but they do not go far enough dear compatriots. Cuba is still target of harassment in every economic transaction it does...  Who could bear that against one’s country? Being harassed for every medicine used to
save the life of Cuban children?” stated Maduro.
 
The minister said that the environment was cordial in  the ministerial meetings in which “US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, attended; we had the opportunity to carry out a dialogue in a respectful and cordial manner.”

Maduro considered this environment a sign of progress and said that this should boost the reestablishment of “justice on our continent”. “The next step has to be the lifting – the unconditional lifting – of the economic embargo against our fellow Republic of Cuba,” insisted the Venezuelan
minister.
 
The heads of all the delegations celebrated the agreement, including the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, who for his part said, “We have always felt the treatment dealt to Cuba has been very unjust.

Things would have been different if there had been a better understanding of the history of that country and of our continent.”
 
The text of the agreed resolution includes two points. The first overturns Resolution VI adopted on January 31, 1962 in which the Cuban government was excluded from participation in the Inter-American system, and the second read that “the participation of Cuba in the OAS will be the result of a process of dialogue, initiated at the request of the Cuban government and with consent to the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS.”
 
Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / June 4, 2009


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