MADRID, 21 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denounced this Wednesday that the United States exerts “brutal pressure” on governments of a group of states of the Organization of American States (OAS) to join a statement positioning themselves against the Executive of the island.
“I denounce that the United States Department of State exerts brutal pressure on governments of a group of OAS states, forcing them to join this statement or issue a similar one,” Rodríguez said in a message on his Twitter social network account. , accompanied by a photograph of what appears to be a template rejecting the attitude of the Cuban government in the face of the protests registered more than a week ago.
Rodríguez has shared the alleged statement in English and Spanish. Entitled ‘Joint Declaration on Cuba’, it begins with the phrase “We, the Foreign Ministers of (blank space with dotted line) condemn the mass arrests and detentions of protesters in Cuba and call on the Government to respect the rights and freedoms of the Cuban people and the freedom of information of all Cubans. “
The text defends the right of Cubans to demonstrate “due to the deterioration of living conditions and demand a change” and demands that the Cuban Government “respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the Cuban people without fear of arrest or detention.” It also urges the Executive to release the detainees, freedom of the press and the full restoration of internet access.
“I call on the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, to recognize or deny the authenticity of this text written in the State Department,” Rodríguez concluded.
On the other hand, in a separate message, the Cuban Foreign Minister has proposed to Joe Biden’s government that, “if it wishes to help the Cuban people,” it eliminate “the limit on remittances at 1,000 dollars (about 900 euros) per quarter “and” the suspension of non-family members. Likewise, it has also raised “the prohibition of shipments from third countries through Western Union and the impossibility of processing them through Fincimex and AIS.”
Biden has raised the possible formation of a working group to review the sending of remittances to Cuban families from US territory and make them “reach the Cuban people directly.”
Biden promised during his campaign for the White House that he would remove restrictions on sending remittances and travel to Cuba, imposed during the term of Donald Trump. The Democratic politician has a “strong humanitarian argument” to remove the limits on remittances and travel to Cuba, as stated by Juan González, director for the Western Hemisphere of the United States National Security Council.
Cuban-American senator Marco Rubio has warned that the current restrictions on remittances to Cuba are due to the “reluctance of the communist government” to accept direct shipments to families.
Thus, he has asserted that with the working group on remittances, the Biden Administration would be facilitating “a trap” that the Government of Cuba will take advantage of to deceive the United States, according to the Radio Televisión Martí network.