Zambia says it has repeatedly called on the United States of America (USA) to lift the economic embargo against Cuba because this has a direct negative impact on the principles of free trade and navigation.
Zambia’s Ambassador and Permanent Reprersentative to the United Nations (UN), Lazarous Kapambwe said this when addressing a 62nd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the topic Necessity of Ending The Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America Against Cuba.
In a Statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka, Ambassador Kapambwe pledged Zambia’s committment to strengthening of universal respect of international law in conduct of all forms of relations among sovereign.
The Ambassador said Zambia had noted with appreciation the report by the Secretary General contained in the document entitled ”Necessity of Ending The Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America Against Cuba”.
”We believe that this report has provided us with an objective and clear analysis of the negative impact arising fromthe sanctions against Cuba”, He said.
Ambassador Kapambwe said Zambia maintained that the Helms Burton legislation violates the sovereignty of Cuba and is a breach of international law and not in line with the principles of the United Nations Charter, among them, the sovereign equality of States, non interference in their internal affairs and freedom of international trade and navigation.
In addition, he said the Secretary General ‘s report vindicates the position consistently held by the Assembly over the years, that the embargo against Cuba hurt the innocent people, particularly the most vulnerable who are women and children.
Despite the hardship caused by the sanctions, he said Zambia notes that the Cuban people have become more determined and united in defence of their country’s sovereignty, welfare and dignity for which they have sacrificed so dearly.
He further assured that based on the information compiled by the Secretary General in his latest report, Zambia will vote in favour of the draft resolution because of its firm belief in the sanctity of the charter of the UN which binds member States.