Cuban President calls for end to US embargo

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Raul Castro. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States will only occur when an economic blockade against the Caribbean country is lifted.

That was the message Cuban President Raul Castro delivered to the UN General Assembly on Monday.

Dianne Penn reports.

Cuba and the United States have recently resumed diplomatic relations after nearly 60 years of division.

But as President Castro told world leaders, there is still a way to go.

"Now, a long and complex process begins toward the normalization of relations, But this will only be achieved with the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba; the return to our country of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo Naval Base; the cessation of radio and TV broadcasts, and of subversive and destabilizing programmes against the island; and, when our people are compensated for the human and economic damages they still endure."

The Assembly has held an annual vote calling for the United States to end its economic, commercial and financial embargo against the Caribbean country.

Mr Castro said Cuba will continue to introduce the draft resolution as long as the blockade remains in force.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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