United Nations, United Nations.- The United States again ignored the calls of the international community, defending the economic, commercial and financial blockade that it imposes against Cuba almost 60 years ago.

The US ambassador to the multilateral agency, Kelly Craft, acknowledged Thursday that, once again, the General Assembly must approve almost unanimously the resolution presented each year by the Caribbean territory to condemn that policy.

Despite that, she said his country will once again rule against the Cuban resolution, arguing that the United States has the right to decide who to trade with or not.

In her speech to the forum where dozens of delegations have called to lift the blockade, the diplomat said she considers it worrying that the international community continues to challenge that power in Washington.

In making that statement, Craft did not refer to the extraterritorial nature of the encirclement imposed by the US government, which not only prevents bilateral exchange, but pressures and sanctions other countries to also avoid their economic ties with the greater of the Antilles.

Precisely this extraterritoriality has been denounced continuously by many of the UN members who intervened in the debate on the resolution, which criticized, in particular, the activation last May of Title III of the controversial Helms-Burton Act, which allows suing to those who invest in nationalized properties on the island.

As her executive usually does to try to justify the maintenance of the siege, Craft mentioned alleged violations in the Caribbean country, without stating that the blockade is considered the main violation of the human rights of the Cuban people.

In that sense, and in the same way that the administration of Donald Trump has done in recent months, the ambassador again attacked Cuban medical missions abroad, one of the most recognized solidarity programs of the neighboring nation internationally, and for which several delegations expressed their appreciation.

Also, saying that Cuba refuses to import millions of dollars in agricultural and medical products authorized by the US government, Craft failed to explain the conditions imposed by Washington on purchases of the island, which include cash payments, in advance and without access to credits

She also criticized Cuba’s solidarity with Venezuela and tried to hold Havana responsible for the crisis in the South American country, without recognizing that the difficult conditions of that nation are motivated by the continuing restrictions imposed by the United States.

We will vote not on the resolution, the diplomat remarked, to confirm once again how Washington turns its back on this issue to the vast majority of the world.