The American editors check out the arts and crafts market along the Malecon.
A delegation of managing editors, representing 1,700 newspapers in the United States and Canada, visited Cuba in April 2004. Ricardo Alarcon told the group:
The US should put an end to its hostile policy against Cuba, first, because that policy is illegal: it is not justifiable according to international law. You simply cannot do it. It is as simple as that.
You should be condemned for imposing an economic embargo, for trying to subvert somebody else's government, interfering in its affairs and so on and so forth, a whole list of violations of international law.
Remember what was said in a State Department memo in 1959 when the first steps of economic hostility were taken against Cuba. It is written in a published document available to all of you since 1959 from the State Department. The aim was to create suffering and hunger among the Cuban people. But you have no right to do that. That kind of policy was condemned by the UN just after the Second World War. It was defined by the UN as genocide. An attempt to provoke suffering against an entire group of persons, in this case the Cubans living in Cuba.