The International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People’s Power issued a statement expressing its strong rejection of “the unacceptable Resolution on Cuba that has just been adopted by the European Parliament,” this Thursday, July 6.
Cuba parliamentarians note that such a resolution “runs counter to the principles of respect, equality and reciprocity contained in the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement that was signed in Brussels on December 12, 2016, by Cuba, the European Union and its member States,” which was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday, July 5, with 567 votes in favor, 61 against and 31 abstentions.
According to the statement, published on the National Assembly of People’s Power (Cuban Parliament) website, the resolution “distorts our reality, suggests recipes that Cuba does not need, interferes in the internal affairs of States and raises arguments that are extremely harmful to the sovereignty of the Cuban people.”
Cuban deputies also emphasized that “The Resolution adopted by the European Parliament stands in contrast to the positive development of Cuba’s relations with the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the member States of that community bloc,” and is of “a remarkable colonialist content,” attempting to “lecture on democracy and human rights, ignoring that the unilateral, discriminatory and selective policies that characterized the European Union position towards Cuba in the past have been superseded.”
Another aspect highlighted in the International Relations Commission statement is that the Non-Legislative Resolution of the European Parliament does not make any direct reference to the “economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, which is contrary to international law and violates the human rights of the Cuban people.”
“We don’t recognize the European Parliament as being entitled in any way to address issues that are of the exclusive competence of the Cuban people, who continue to build their socialist, democratic, sovereign and independent future,” the statement concludes.
Read the statement in full here (scroll down for English version)