Paris, France.- Cuba’s representative before the UNESCO Executive Council, Oscar Leon, denounced the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean Island, diplomatic sources said on Thursday.

According to a communiqué, the Cuban official pointed out that it is ‘the most unfair, severe and longest system of unilateral sanctions that has been enforced on any country’.

Leon noted the tightening of sanctions against Cuba, which affect all spheres of society, including the UNESCO sectors, and denounced the extraterritorial nature of that policy and its direct impact on the interests of third countries.

After reaffirming Cuba’s commitment to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), he noted the work done to guarantee his country’s prompt and complete contribution to the regular budget.

Those efforts, he added, ‘are not small, considering the condition of developing country, the damage caused by meteorological events and the tightening of the blockade, which poses significant obstacles to the normal performance of the economy and the country’s development’.

The communiqué recalled that the blockade imposed on Cuba for nearly six decades continues to be the main obstacle to the development of the country’s economy and the full enjoyment of human rights by all, and it is a serious challenge to implement the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.