JVP confident Cuba will never betray its principles & policies for economic gains

The JVP issuing a Statement on recent developments of USA and Cuba relations expresses its confidence that Cuban government and the people will not betray these long held noble principles and policies for want of short term economic gains in dealing with the USA. In its statement, the JVP expresses its solidarity with Cuba and its people and wishes that the relationship with the USA will mature based on mutual collaboration with due respect to sovereignty and independence of each nation.

The statement in full:

Statement on recent developments of USA-Cuba relations

Since 1960, the USA is maintaining a commercial, economic and financial embargo on Revolutionary Cuba with a number of legislations and various other interventions. Over these nearly six decades the embargo process had been extremely complicated and complex, inflicting huge embarrassment to citizens, government officials, academics and those who engage in trade in both countries. The adverse effects have not been limited to the two relevant parties only but to other countries and multinational corporations as well because the involvement of certain sanctions extends beyond the territories of the USA and Cuba.

Though this has gone on for decades, neither country has benefited, proving the futility of the embargo.

Over the years, the multifaceted embargo has been highly criticised and objected by almost all the countries except the USA and Israel at the UN General Assembly and at various other international platforms. Despite the embargo, Cuba could nurture greater solidarity and corporation worldwide in trade, international politics, science and culture.

In December 2014, taking a progressive step forward, former USA President Barak Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro commenced the process of re-establishing diplomatic relationships and lifting some travel and economic restrictions.

But, the present President of USA Donald Trump reversed some crucial policies of former President on 16th of last month in Miami, in front of a gathering of veterans of the failed Bay of Pig invasion. Apparently, President Trump’s government is unilaterally trying to apply certain conditions on Cuba which could adversely affect Cuba’s sovereignty, independence and threaten economic and political principles which helped Cuban people and the Government to stand against all sorts of oppressions including that of imperialism. Cuba’s revolutionary principles defined its unique place in the international arena.

We are sure that, as already expressed by the Foreign Minister of Cuba, the Cuban government and the people will not betray these long held noble principles and policies for want of short term economic gains in dealing with the USA. We extend our solidarity as ever before to Cuba and hope that the relationship with the USA will mature based on mutual collaboration with due respect to sovereignty and independence of each nation.

Peoples’ Liberation Front (JVP) – Sri Lanka

09th July 2017