Calls on US to end Cuba Embargo
Votes 188-3 to condemn US trade ban
Source: Reuters and Agencies
November 14, 2012 -- A record 188 countries voted on Tuesday for
an annual UN General Assembly resolution condemning the
five-decade old US embargo against Cuba. The vote in favor rose
from 186 for the 20th anniversary resolution last year.
Cuba's foreign minister said the blockade against country was
tantamount to "genocide."
the 21st year, the assembly's vote was overwhelming, with 188
nations - including most of Washington's closest allies -
against the embargo, a result virtually unchanged from last
Israel, heavily dependent on US backing in the Middle East, and
the tiny Pacific state of Palau were the only two countries that
supported the United States in opposing the non-binding
resolution in the 193-nation assembly. The Pacific states of the
Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained.
Obama has not lifted the five-decade-old trade embargo, and the
imprisonment of a US contractor in Cuba has halted the thaw in
Cuban-US relations. Havana's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
told the assembly that Cuba had high hopes for Obama when he was
first elected in 2008 and welcomed his calls for change. But he
said the result had been disappointing.
"The reality is that the last four years have been characterised
by the persistent tightening of... the embargo," he said.
Rodriguez said the "extraterritoriality" of the blockade
measures - the fact that Washington pressures other countries to
adhere to the US embargo - violates international law.
He added that the blockade is not in US interests and harms its
"It leads the US to adopt costly double standards," he said,
adding that the embargo has failed to achieve its objectives of
pressuring the government to introduce economic and political
freedoms and comply with international human rights standards.
"There is no legitimate or moral reason to maintain this embargo
that is anchored in the Cold War," he said.
He said it qualified as a "act of genocide" against Cuba and was
a "massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human
rights of an entire people."
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