Evo Morales affirms that as long as imperialism exists there will never be peace. During the second day of discussion in the UN General Assembly various heads of state and government reiterate their condemnation of the U.S. blockade of Cuba
UNITED NATIONS.—Bolivian President Evo Morales stated September 25 at the UN that as long as imperialism exists, there will never be peace, justice or sovereignty for the peoples of the world, and that war is the business of capitalism.
Speaking during the second day of the 68th period of sessions of the UN General Assembly, Morales added that while some nations are working to end poverty, to search for peace and social justice, certain powers are promoting wars and acts of intervention in other countries.
In this context, he proposed the creation of “a tribunal of the peoples” to try U.S. President Barack Obama for crimes against humanity, giving the example of the bombing of Libya, the war in Iraq, the promotion of acts of international terrorism, and the financing of terrorist groups.
At another point of his speech, Morales said that U.S. espionage services in the region are violating the privacy and sovereignty of other states. He also reiterated his support for the transfer of UN headquarters to a country which has ratified the treaties of that international body.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala agreed with the stand of a number of Latin American leaders in relation to reforming and extending the UN Security Council, “in a way that it reflects the realities of the 21st century.”
More than 30 heads of state and government participated in the debate, among them the presidents of Panama, Estonia, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Serbia, Chad, Rwanda, Kiribati, Poland and Georgia. Issues addressed included the conflict in Syria, human rights, climate change and disarmament.
The leaders of the international community also agreed during this General Assembly session to hold a summit in September of 2015 to establish new goals of sustainable and anti-poverty development, thus giving continuity to the Millennium Goals.
The condemnation of the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade of Cuba was another issues addressed by presidents.
Timor Leste President Taur Matan Ruak stated that this U.S. policy does not consider Cuba’s reality and, in reference to the case of the Five, urged President Obama to act in accordance with his powers and release Antonio, Gerardo, Ramón and Fernando, still incarcerated in the United States.
The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Winston Baldwin Spencer, expressed his pride in the relations of his people and government with Cuba, and condemned any discriminative policies.
“Once again, I reiterate my government’s firm condemnation of the implementation, in a unilateral and extraterritorial manner, of coercive laws and measures contrary to international law, the United Nations Charter and the principles of free navigation and international trade,” he stated referring to the blockade.
Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes described the blockade as a bad habit of the past and said that Cuba was part of the soul of America.
The Presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales and of Chad, Idriss Déby, also denounced this criminal policy in their speeches.
Sept. 25, 2013