Rogelio Sierra Díaz, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba. Photo: Cubaminrex

On November 21, Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra Díaz, criticized coercive measures adopted by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council against Venezuela, which he noted constitute interference in the country’s internal affairs and are counterproductive to the Bolivarian government’s efforts to promote dialogue.
In this regard Sierra Díaz stated that the EU’s decision goes against the principles of international law and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by regional heads of state and government during the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States’ (CELAC) Second Summit in Havana, January 2014.
“It is contradictory that the EU Foreign Affairs Council believes the only way to deal with the situation in Venezuela is through constructive dialogue and negotiation, while at the same time imposing sanctions, black lists, and restrictions on international trade which harm the people,” he insisted.
The Cuban official went on to note that Cuba rejects these sanctions against Venezuela, and reaffirmed the island’s “unwavering and unconditional solidarity” with the Bolivarian Revolution, with its civil-military union and the government of President Nicolás Maduro Moros.
It’s also important to note that since April, various European leaders, including the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, have been demanding that the bloc impose sanctions on Venezuela.
In fact, at that time, Maduro described the EU’s decision as hostile as it harms both the Venezuelan people and the almost one million Europeans living in the South American country, and who are also suffering the consequences of the political and economic violence that has been generated over recent months.