Mexico City- The Foreign Minister of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, urged the UN General Assembly to end the economic blockade against Cuba, in addition to advocating for equitable access to vaccines against Covid-19 and arms control.
“Given the severe global economic and health crisis, it is urgent to put an end to the economic blockade against Cuba,” said the Secretary of Foreign Relations.
“Instead of unilateral measures, we must put in place measures of solidarity and mutual support,” he added.
The Foreign Minister also highlighted the beginning of the dialogue in the country between the Venezuelan Opposition and the Government of Nicolás Maduro.
“We believe that it is through dialogue and negotiation that a solution will be found for Venezuelans,” he said.
Ebrard began his speech by advocating for measures to increase access to Covid-19 vaccines in poor nations.
“This unprecedented crisis cannot be overcome with unilateral or isolated actions, but with genuine cooperation,” said Ebrard.
“Mexico has raised the need to guarantee equitable and universal access to medicines, vaccines and other medical supplies. We do it again, with a sense of urgency,” he said
Ebrard said that 33 percent of the population in rich countries have had access to at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 1.4 percent in low-income countries.
In addition, he called for a stricter control on the arms trade.
“We will continue to draw the attention of the international community to the irresponsible arms trade and trafficking, as well as the link with the increase in violence, homicides, as well as the commission of crimes.”
“We hope that the Council can take steps for tighter control of smaller arms and light weapons, as these are the fuel that fuels the world’s conflicts.”
Near the end of his speech, Ebrard addressed migration, after meeting on Thursday with the Secretary of State for Joe Biden’s Administration, Antony Blinken, to discuss the flow of migrants to the United States.
“Migration is not a pernicious phenomenon. On the contrary, all our societies have benefited at a certain point in their historical development from the contribution of migrants,” he said.
Ebrard also highlighted that the country received 18 thousand migrants from Brazil and Chile of Haitian origin.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to respect and defend the human rights of all people, regardless of their immigration status.”