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New York - UN Renews Calls for U.S. to End Cuba Embargo

Published on: October 25, 2011 09:23 PM
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New York - The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to renew a call for the United States to end its embargo on Cuba and for governments to declare the measure illegal.

The 193-nation assembly voted 186-2 to adopt a resolution calling for UN members to meet their obligations under the UN Charter and international law that reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.

The United States and Israel voted against and three countries abstained, including Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

A similar resolution was adopted with 187 votes last year when the assembly had 192 members.

The resolution urged “once again all states that have and continue to apply such laws and measures (U.S. embargo) to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime.”

The U.S. embargo was boosted in 1996 by the Helms-Burton Act with the U.S. Congress demanding compliance by all companies with regard to trade and navigation with Cuba.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, who addressed the assembly last year on the same issue, said the U.S. embargo has directly cost Cuba more than 700 billion dollars in economic development.

“Years after the act, the world is still discussing it because it violated the sovereignty of nations,” Rodriguez said.

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He described the act as having the impact of an “act of genocide.”

The object of the blockade is to weaken the lives of Cubans and to cause hunger. The U.S. has never hidden the fact that it wants regime change in Cuba.”

Washington has always ignored UN resolutions demanding the lifting of the embargo. A U.S. representative told the assembly that the resolution aimed at “confusing and obscuring” the real situation between Havana and Washington.

The Obama administration has tried to improve relations with Havana by allowing more visits, exchange of information and humanitarian assistance, the U.S. representative said.


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 Oct 26, 2011 at 08:06 PM MidwesternGuy Says:

I very much hope that we can at least remove the travel embargo. That way, people like the illustrious and mysteriously absent Charlie Hall and Sherry (lol!) the Noachide can go there and see what unfettered centralized governmental control of everything has wrought.

I would go there for a few hours, visit the Partagas factory to make a few newly-legal purchases and then promptly get on a plane and go back home.

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 Oct 27, 2011 at 03:04 AM yaakov321 Says:

I am of course waiting to get Cuban Cigars. Wait until Fidel is onward to wherever he may be going I think. Then I am for it.

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