Cuba Blocks Swedish Alcohol Initiative

Sweden’s bid to get United Nations-endorsed measures to curb alcohol abuse has been blocked, by stiff resistance from Cuba.

Sweden wanted the World Health Organisation to develop a global action plan to cut alcohol abuse.

Cuba rejected the plan however, fearing restrictions on alcohol would hit rum production, its fifth biggest foreign currency earner. Officials at the Cuban Foreign Ministry told Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, that alcohol abuse was mainly a problem for developed countries, and that poorer countries had more serious health issues to consider, such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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