Dear Participants to the Conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
We convey to you our friendly salute on behalf on the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples and the whole Cuba.
The work UNAC does in USA in the struggle for social justice and against military interventions in other nations is a topic of utmost importance nowadays.
The problems affecting the peoples of the world, among which we have: unequal distribution of wealth, lack of medical assistance and education, unemployment, malnutrition, and poverty, that affects millions of people in the world; plus the food, energetic and environmental crisis, that put the very life of the human being at risk, can not be solved with wars, nor the can be solved with military interventions.
On the contrary, it is fundamental the strengthening of dialogue and cooperation among nations, peoples and governments of the world, with absolute respect for the international law and the free self-determination of the peoples.
Cuba, that has suffered military interventions, terrorist’s attacks, an economic blockade that is still in place, has decided to build its own model of development that put an emphasis on the wellbeing of the people, and guarantees the exercise of the economic, social, cultural and political rights of its people; it is in the middle of the updating process of its economic and social model, aim at achieving a prosperous and sustainable socialism for all its citizens.
In this context, on December 17th, the governments of Cuba and USA decided to begin the work for the reestablishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, and the Cuban people received with joy the news of the return of the three remaining Cubans in US jails, for fighting terrorism.
The Cuban Five, Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and Rene, symbolize the spirit of resistance of our people, and the firmness of principles that support the Cuban Revolution.
The decision of the US government of beginning talks with the our government, without Cuba making any concession of principles, is due to the resistance and strength of our people, which for over 5 decades has built a social project each day more just and inclusive.
Nonetheless, in spite that we consider as positives the steps given by the current US administration to improve relations with Cuba, the economic, commercial, and financial Blockade against the island is kept, which constitutes the main obstacle for the development of our people.
We will continue the fight to end this hostile and unilateral policy against Cuba, together with our friends in US, and with other peoples of the world.
Finally, we wish you a productive debate, conducive to the strengthening of the work of your organization.
Kenia Serrano Puig