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Obama-Castro Handshake Signals Doom for US Blockade on Cuba Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Dec 10, 2013, 09:01 PM

President Barack Obama warmly greeting and shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela appears to have been more than just a mere courtesy call. Apparently, a United Nation's agency, UNIDO, UN Industrial Development Organization had called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba a few days prior.

According to Prensa Latina News Agency, "Lima, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Deputy Industry Minister Lenin Echeverria demanded at the 15th Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to end the blockade the United States has maintained against his country for more than 50 years."

Echeverria is quoted as saying that, "Cuba has reiterated the need to immediately eliminate the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the U.S. government to my country for more than 50 years."

As reported by Prensa Latina, "Addressing the meeting, the Cuban representative supported the demand in UN Charter's spirit, the development agenda, and the UN General Assembly's recent decision to demand, almost unanimously, the end of that siege."

UNIDO issued a demand to end the US blockade on Cuba on December 5 and submitted a formal letter to President Barack Obama.

To read the entire article from Prensa Latina News Agency, link here:

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