Cuba denounces blockade as an obstacle to its participation in the IAEA – Prensa Latina
Speaking to that organization’s Board of Governors, Cuban diplomat Marlen Redondo said that while virtual forums have enabled continuity of work amid the Covid-19 pandemic, not all countries have equal access to platforms created to organize them.
Our country has serious difficulties in accessing the Cisco Webex platform, due to the US blockade and, as a result, its experts cannot participate in webminars, trainings and online conferences, she noted. during a session to discuss the IAEA 2022-2023 budget.
According to Redondo, the Cuban delegation informs about this situation whenever it occurs, always providing specific details about the encounters and the difficulties.
Cuban representatives of UNESCO and other United Nations agencies have denounced similar difficulties in recent years due to the economic, commercial and financial blockade implemented by the United States for more than 60 years.
The Cuban diplomat urged the IAEA Board of Governors on the need for all member states to participate equally in virtual meetings, which have become an essential international communication tool during a pandemic.
In her speech, she recognized the realistic nature of the budget discussed for the period 2022-2023, based on the economic effect of Covid-19. However, she called for considering it as a precedent for the future work of this agency.
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