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Mexico City, Mexico.- Mexico”s government in an official statement released Thursday by almost all the national media, rejected the decision of Donald Trump”s administration to fully apply the Helms-Burton Act to Cuba.

The statement from the Foreign Ministry states that ‘the Government of Mexico regrets the US decision to apply for the first time in history Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, allowing US citizens to file lawsuits, starting May 2, against companies that use properties confiscated after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

The measure could affect foreign companies doing business in and with Cuba, it adds, so the Mexican government will protect Mexican companies which do or have an interest in doing business with Cuba and which could be affected.

As it has historically done, Mexico rejects the application of unilateral trade laws with an extraterritorial character, which violate the norms of international law. In this regard, Mexico endorses its support for the end of the economic and commercial blockade imposed against Cuba. For its part, Mexico’s solidarity movement with Cuba also issued a condemnation on behalf of its affiliates in the 32 states of the nation condemning and rejecting the measures announced by the U.S. government to reactivate Titles III and IV of the Helms-Burton Act.

With it, the statement adds, the United States intends to ban trips to Cuba by US citizens, including those of Cuban origin, and to limit to a minimum remittances sent by these latter to their relatives in Cuba.

This is an illegal extraterritorial measure that must be rejected and condemned. We reiterate our solidarity with the Cuban people and their government, and we know that like Bay of Pigs, Donald Trump’s government and his mafia will fail.

The movement also condemns and rejects the decision of the United States to revive the imperialist doctrine Monroe raised by Bolton during a meeting with the Cuban mafia in Miami.

They will never destroy the Cuban revolution, nor the Cuban people, dignified successor of Fidel Castro. We reiterate the solidarity of the Mexican people with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Belgium Friendship Orgs Reject Helm-Burton Act Title III on Cuba
Brussels, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Several Belgium friendship organizations have rejected on Thursday the White House announcement to apply Title III of Helms-Burton Act, which they considered it is a ”new violation of international law.”

Dozens of associations regretted in a statement that the US decision may lead to serious damage to European and Canadian companies working in Cuba, and this means a worsening of a blockade imposed by Washington almost 60 years ago.

According to the text, ‘extraterritorial sanctions are contrary to the United Nations system, International Law and the World Trade Organization.’

The organizations stated that this aggravation of sanctions and their extraterritoriality have as their sole objective to destroy the Cuban Revolution.

‘Trump’s dream and the other hawks is the destruction of the popular and revolutionary movement in Latin America. For that reason, they are now focused on ending the progressive and revolutionary governments of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua,’ they denounced.

After underlining the right of the Cuban people to self-determination, they called for ‘denunciation, mobilization and solidarity with socialist Cuba: No to the application of Title III of Helms-Burton Act! No to Helms-Burton Act!, No to blockade!’

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