OECS Condemns US Decision To Step Up Political And Economic Pressure On Cuba

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CASTRIES, St Lucia – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has condemned the Donald Trump administration in Washington for its decision to bring more political and economic pressure on Cuba and called for the lifting of the decades-old embargo on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country.

In a statement issued by the OECS Secretariat following a special meeting in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the OECS leaders condemned the recent decision by the US government to intensify the application of the Helms-Burton Act. The OECS reiterated the call, which has received a global endorsement, for the embargo against Cuba to be lifted in its entirety.

The OECS statement noted the renewed intensification in the application of the Helms-Burton Act by the US government through its decision to lift the suspension of Article III of the Act for a period of 30 days from March 19 – April 17, 2019.

The statement also noted that the lifting of the suspension of Article III of the Act will make it possible for lawsuits to be filed against Cuban entities by US claimants whose properties were nationalized during the Cuban Revolution.

Also, the OECS is concerned that this decision by the US constitutes a tightening of the economic and financial embargo against Cuba and that the threat of lawsuits by US entities and persons will serve as a deterrent to international companies doing business in Cuba.

The OECS is convinced that the maintenance by the US of the economic and financial embargo against Cuba undermines the stability, peace, and security of the Caribbean region;

The sub-regional leaders said they are “convinced that the maintenance by the US of the economic and financial embargo against Cuba undermines the stability, peace, and security of the Caribbean region.” print

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