Solidarity with Cuba in the new context: Suggesting ideas to lift the embargo
In the last 55 years, Vietnam has strongly supported Cuba. In the new context, however, this struggle is forecast to be more complicated and international support and solidarity are essential for Cuba’s survival as a nation.
Mr Pham Tien Tu – Vice head of the Vietnam Committee for Asian-African-Latin American Solidarity and Cooperation
Backing three specific aspects that will present difficulty
In the upcoming time, the central point remains our solidarity with Cuba when requesting the US to lift their economic, trade and finance embargo with Cuba, all of which act significantly to detract from the nation’s development. The problems here are: Asking the US to re-transfer the Guantanamo military-base to Cuba (the US has rented the site from Cuba since 1902 on a 99 years contract); asking the US to remove the psychological instruments of war against Cuba, placed over the last 50 years (in which, each year, the US pays around USD20 million to broadcast, as well as their televised and printed news); and asking the US to be compassionate towards Cuba’s losses during the 53 years of embargo (statistics show that Cuba has lost about USD1,100 billion of the total, in which the national economy lost USD110 billion).
Mr Nguyen Dang Quang, former Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia
Creating coordination forum
The current situation requires a strong renovation on both thoughts and action from the Asian-African-Latin American Solidarity and Cooperation organization which creates an effective coordination forum between parties, thus firmly protecting national security and mutual development interests.
Notably, it is necessary to see a strong bloc to fight against the fixed-rules set by “bigger sides”, in dealing with the un-fair mechanism in the North-South structure, and reaching common point of views during the United Nations sessions and other international forums, fighting for a new world order, more democracy and equality.
Vietnam backs Cuba in asking for the embargo to be lifted, not simply shifted. Vietnam’s experiences relate a close relationship between economics and politics. A mutually beneficial political is vital for the ending of the embargo. It is a really a war of nerves. The embargo is associated with the concepts of politics, security, democracy, human rights and the relationship with “big one”.
Vu Trung My – Middle East, Africa and Latin America Department under the Party Central Committee Commission for External Affairs
Backing Cuba’s targets
The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People (ICAP) reaffirms that there are four major issues for Cuba at this time:
First, giving priority to popularizing the current situation in Cuba, including its economy, society, politics and cultural features to international friends, thus self-defending from hostile arguments. So far, there are 2,037 “united with Cuba” organizations in 150 nations/territories around the world. Cuba hopes to promote the development of these organs as much as it can.
Second, the pioneering mission now, is the war against the US’s embargo, especially in the fields of economics and trade.
ICAP is designed to help nations around the world understand that Cuba is facing a lot of challenges and losses, economically and spiritually in the years past.
Third, Cuba’s agenda strongly focuses on how linking with the community of united peoples worldwide in the fight against campaigns resulting chaos and peaceful evolutions in the nation.
Forth, Cuba advocates to accelerate international solidarity, especially the supports from the Latin American region.
At the VII Conference, for me, I think we should back Cuba’s attempts to have the US embargo lifted together with campaigns which promotes the nation and its people to international friends. It is necessary to continuously demonstrate Vietnam’s constant solidarity over Cuba during the past nearly 60 years./.
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