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The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) seized $4.207 million the United Nations Foundation Fund for AIDS wanted to transfer to Cuba. 

The payment was to pay for the fight against AIDS and tuberculosis in Cuba during the first quarter of 2011, Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Orlando Hernández said, according to Prensa Latina.

Hernández said the UN Development Program told the Cuban government that OFAC froze the funds in January. UNDP officials in Cuba confirmed the news to Spanish new agency efe, and said the agency advanced more than $2 million to Cuba of its own funds to keep programs going.

The seized funds were part of a UN program that makes annual payments to Cuba. Hernández said the action constituted an “illegal act” that seriously hinders international cooperation.

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