Cuban president Mario Diaz-Canal calls on United Nations to help end U.S. sanctions

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Sept. 23 (UPI) — Cuban President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel called on the United Nations to help it end long-running sanctions applied against it by the United States, saying the actions have a “marked racist influence.”

Canal, who delivered a prerecorded message to the 76th United Nations General Assembly Thursday morning, said the United States has bullied other countries in joining them in sanctions and other economic penalties against his country and others like Venezuela.

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“Under the leadership and ongoing [policies] of the United States, we see a serious international riff being promoted with the harmful use and abuse of economic measures, which has become a central instrument of U.S. foreign policy,” Canal said in his speech.

“The government of that country is threatening, extorting and pressuring sovereign states to take a stand and act against those who they identify as their adversaries. They demand that their allies build coalitions to overthrow legitimate governments. They default on trade commitments. They ban certain technologies and they apply unjustified judicial measures against citizens of countries who don’t bend to their will.”

The communist country leader said Cuba “does not fit” into the United States’ definition of “international community.”

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“It is a behavior that is associated with cultural and ideological intolerance with a marked racist influence and with hegemonic aims,” Canal said.

The United States’ comprehensive, long history of sanctions against Cuba dating back to the 1960s after Fidel Castro was swept into power.

Leaders from Iraq, Libya and Italy were also scheduled to speak Thursday on the third day of the General Debate.

The first two days featured addresses from U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Iran President Ebrahim Raisi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The afternoon session begins at 3 p.m. EDT.

Some speakers at the General Assembly, which is scheduled to run through Monday, have given their addresses in prerecorded statements. They have opted not to travel to New York City to appear in person due to COVID-19.

Early session (begins at 9 a.m.)

  • South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa (prerecorded)
  • Guyana President Mohamed Irfaan Ali
  • Botswana President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi
  • Cuba President Miguel Díaz Canel Bermúdez Cuba (prerecorded)
  • Angola President Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco
  • Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore (prerecorded)
  • Panama President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen
  • Montenegro President Milo Dukanovic
  • Nambia President Hage Geingob
  • North Macedonia President Stevo Pendarovski
  • Nauru President Lionel Rouwen Aingimea (prerecorded)
  • Zimbabwe President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (prerecorded)
  • Chad President Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno (prerecorded)
  • Comoros President Azali Assoumani
  • Gabonese Republic President Ali Bongo Ondimba (prerecorded)
  • Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan
  • Liberia President George Manneh Weah (prerecorded)
  • Iraq President Barham Salih
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Afternoon session (begins at 3 p.m.)

  • Micronesia President David Panuelo (prerecorded)
  • Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye
  • Bolivia President Luis Alberto Arce Catacora
  • El Salvador President Nayib Armando Bukele (prerecorded)
  • Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon (prerecorded)
  • Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (prerecorded)
  • Azerbaijan President Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev (prerecorded)
  • Libya President Mohamed Younis Menfi
  • Monaco Prince Albert II (prerecorded)
  • Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (prerecorded)
  • Kiribati President Taneti Maamau (prerecorded)
  • Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan (prerecorded)
  • Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro
  • Italy President Mario Draghi (prerecorded)
  • Czech Republic (speaker unknown)
  • Austria (speaker unknown)
  • Mexico (speaker unknown)
  • Hungary (speaker unknown)

Cuba’s President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez speaks via video link at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters on Thursday. Pool photo by Spencer Platt/UPI | License Photo