OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

HAVANA.–The Executive Board of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino) recently approved a resolution rejecting the U.S. President's statements announcing plans to reinforce the economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed on Cuba by this country.

The document reiterates that the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba represents a setback in the process undertaken by the previous administration to move toward normalization of relations between the two countries.

Also emphasized was that the blockade has been repeatedly denounced by Parlatino bodies, in particular by the 25th and 31st sessions of its Assembly, as well as in 25 resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly since 1992, and by international public opinion.

Parlatino considers the economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States to be the greatest violation of the Cuban people's human rights and the principal obstacle to the island's development.

The Parlatino resolution advocates rejection of any policy that violates the principles of international law, the UN Charter, and that of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament.

The text likewise calls for appeals to the U.S. Congress to put an end to the blockade and encourages all Latin American and Caribbean legislatures to

redouble international demands to end the policy that abridges the rights of the Cuban people.

Parlatino is a permanent, regional body consisting of one chamber with members from national legislatures of sovereign, independent nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.