Tuesday, 05 March 2019 06:27

Cuba Rejects U.S. Authorization of Lawsuits (+tweets)

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Cuba's foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, strongly rejected the U.S. government's decision to authorize lawsuits against the island on Monday, although Washington extended to March 19 the beginning of applying in full Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

Havana, Cuba.- In Twitter, the official condemned the State Department's measure against Cuban companies arbitrarily sanctioned by the current White House administration, which he described as an unacceptable threat to the world.

Starting on March 19, there is the possibility of filing lawsuits in U.S. courts against dozens of Cuban companies included in a unilateral list of the State Department, for alleged links with defense and national security, this suspension will then be lifted and application permitted.

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The Helms-Burton Act, Title III, in effect since 1996, allows any U.S. citizen or corporation to file lawsuits in U.S. courts to claim compensation for nationalized property following the triumph of the January 1, 1959 Revolution.

The presidents of the United States had consecutively suspended its application for six months, but last January, Donald Trump announced that he would do so for only 45 days from February 1, a position denounced in the largest of the Antilles as blackmail and part of the effort to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade. (PL)

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