Posted by: ivetteromero | November 14, 2012

The United Nations and the Caribbean Community Call for End to U.S. Embargo against Cuba

What’s new? Xinghua.net (English version) reports that this week, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly adopted a resolution to condemn the U.S. blockade of Cuba, urging Washington to end its long- running embargo against the Caribbean island country. The resolution, titled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,” was approved by the 193-nation assembly with 188 votes for, three against and two abstentions. The United States, which imposed the blockade against Cuba in the early 1960s, voted against the draft resolution along with Israel and Palau. The Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained.

Meanwhile, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has also called upon the U.S. government “to heed the calls of the international community to bring an end to embargo” against Cuba, which has brought “fundamental unjustness” to the small Caribbean island country for more than half a century.

According to the article, Joseph Goddard, the permanent representative of Barbados to the United Nations, made a statement at the UN General Assembly on behalf of the CARICOM on the “necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba, adding that “CARICOM member states also continue to value and enjoy long- established, warm and friendly relations with the United States of America. It is in this spirit, that we urge its government to heed the calls of the international community to bring an end to the embargo.”

But I repeat “What’s new?” The article underlines that in October 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a similar draft resolution on the U.S. embargo against Cuba, stating that “It was the 20th consecutive year that the UN General Assembly had adopted the resolution to condemn the U.S. embargo and demanded an end to it.”

For original article, see http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-11/14/c_131971905.htm

Also see original source at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43482&Cr=cuba&Cr1=


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