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Cuba to present on Resolution 64/6 to UN Secretary General

For Release Upon Receipt - October 8, 2010

St. Augustine

ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad And Tobago – On Tuesday 26th October, 2010, Cuba is expected to present to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General a report on Resolution 64/6 (Topic: ‘Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba’). Calculations of the total repercussions on the Cuban economy vary widely, ranging from 100 billion to over 750 billion US dollars.

In the lead-up to this significant event, the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine will present a forum entitled “The U.S. Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo on Cuba: Caribbean Perspectives” at the IIR, UWI St. Augustine on Friday 15th October, 2010, from 11 a.m.

Presenters will include His Excellency, Humberto Rivero Rosario, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba; Dr. Indira Rampersad, Lecturer, Department of Behavioural Sciences, UWI, St. Augustine; Professor Norman Girvan, Professorial Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, UWI, St. Augustine; Dr. Mark Kirton, Senior Lecturer, Institute of International Relations, UWI, St. Augustine.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the official website of the Institute of International Relations, UWI, St Augustine at, or please e-mail,, or call (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3237.

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