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Cubans free to shop at PriceSmart again

Published:Monday | June 16, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Cubans working in Jamaica are again free to shop at PriceSmart following the intervention of Jamaica’s foreign affairs ministry.

In April PriceSmart Jamaica had stated that it was forced to suspend the accounts of staff and residents of the Cuban Embassy because of a prohibition by the US government.

However, the Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernandez had labeled the move by PriceSmart Jamaica as criminal and anachronistic.

He said the action is based on US laws, which are in contravention of United Nations General Assembly resolution, which calls for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba.

In a media release this afternoon, the foreign affairs ministry announced that the issue of PriceSmart membership by the Cuban Embassy has been resolved.

The Ministry said it understands that PriceSmart has formally advised the Cuban Embassy that it has been authorised to sell consumer merchandise to Cuban diplomats and Consular officers, as well as their dependents.

The ministry said the Cuban Embassy has welcomed the decision and extended thanks to the Government and people of Jamaica for the solidarity displayed.

The stance by PriceSmart had also been taken in other Caribbean and Central American countries, including Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

The foreign affairs ministry this afternoon disclosed that CARICOM had contemplated having the issue examined by its Legal Affairs Committee.


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