Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Open letter to the Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

La Asociación de Cubanos en Toronto "Juan Gualberto Gómez" envió esta carta abierta al Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Canadá.

The Association of Cubans in Toronto “Juan Gualberto Gómez”

To the Honorable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada,

Dear Sir:

On November 13th, 2012, and for the 21st time, Cuba will denounce at the United Nations the 50 year old economic and financial blockade imposed on the island on 1962 by the United States of America. The world will be watching again as their representatives declare their repulsion to this policy.

Twenty-one times the world has overwhelmingly voted against this obsolete and failed attempt of the U.S. to resolve its diferendo with Cuba by punishing its people, which has suffered severely and has been deprived of its right to a better quality of life for 50 years now.

The euphemistically called “embargo” has negatively affected the most vulnerable sectors of Cuban society. The unparalleled cruelty of denying patients and their relatives the ideal medicine for a particular treatment, or the detrimental effect that the blockade as punishment has had on the essential food segment, speak by themselves; and this is just to mention two examples of the adversity the people of Cuba endures day by day due to this aggression.

Politically this policy, as a remnant of the Cold War, shows the inability and unwillingness of the United States government to find diplomatic avenues to settle its differences with Cuba. We are proud that Canada has exemplarily joined the world in condemning this absurd policy in the past and sincerely hope that again this time, this our second homeland, will honor once more its tradition of justice and respect for international laws.


Julio Fonseca
Association of Cubans in Toronto “Juan Gualberto Gómez”

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