Green_Earth
消息 | 相關文件 | 簡介
General Council - Communication from Cuba
日期:2014/07/22
作者:CUBA
文件編號:WT/GC/COM/10
附件下載:WTGCCOM-10.doc
因為版本問題,開啟附件時可能會出現錯誤訊息,如「檔案已損毀」的訊息,請您忽略此訊息,即可正常開啟

communication from cuba

The following communication, dated 17 July 2014, addressed to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, is being circulated at the request of the Delegation of Cuba.

 

_______________

 

 

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland presents its compliments to Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization and has the honour of attaching herewith the denounce of the Republic of Cuba due to the harm caused to BNP Paribas French bank, for an alleged violation of the US blockade against Cuba.

 

Likewise, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba respectfully requests that this denounce be circulated to all Members of the World Trade Organization.

 

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland takes this opportunity to renew to Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, the assurances of its highest and most distinguished consideration.

 

_______________

Declaration of the Republic of Cuba

On 30 June, the Departments of Treasury and Justice of the United States and the State of New York imposed a record fine of 8970 billion US dollars to the BNP Paribas French bank, for its noncompliance with the US Government unilateral sanction regimes against various countries. In the specific case of Cuba, according to the US Attorney General Eric Holder, this banking institution is accused of having "processed thousands of transactions with Cuban entities, totaling more than 1700 billion dollars."

 

This fine is the largest one imposed in the history of the US government for violating the blockade against Cuba and the existing sanctions against third countries. In trying to impose their extraterritorial laws to foreign companies, the United States undermines the rules of the International Law and this qualifies as an extraterritorial and illegal use of the US legislation against a foreign entity.

 

The World Trade Organization (WTO) cannot ignore this process. The WTO promotes uncompromising trade liberalization and its disciplines answer mainly to that goal. The US trade policy for the rest of the world responds to that goal. The US blockade to Cuba applied for more than 50 years, is inconsistent with the WTO rules and violates not only Cuba's right, but that of other Members due to the extraterritorial reach of its regulations, such as France in this case.

 

The blockade violates the freedom of trade, the rules of National Treatment and Most-Favoured Nation which establishes the principle of non-discrimination. It also violates equal rights, obligations and benefits to all Members, without distinction. Besides, it is currently the longest-standing violation of WTO rules. Many Members of the Organization have been affected by the extraterritorial effect of the measures applied by the United States.

 

BNP Paribas French Bank joins the long list of financial, trade, economic and other types of entities, from the US and abroad, that have been subjected to punitive measures, in the context of the strengthening of the blockade and, particularly, of the financial persecution against Cuba.

 

This example is clear evidence that global trade is in the hands of a country that, by its own will and the influence of its currency, decides the legality of almost all commercial transactions.

 

Once again, the US government ignores the overwhelming international condemnation of this criminal and failed policy against Cuba. It is an outrage on the sovereignty of States and the rules of free trade and International Law.

 

__________