10/29/13 - Commondreams.org - At UN, Record Number of Countries Condemn US Embargo Against Cuba
For the 22nd year in a row, the UN General Assembly resoundingly
denounced the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
At the symbolic vote on Tuesday for the resolution called "Necessity of
ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United
States of America against Cuba," 188 members of the 193-member body voted
for the resolution.
The U.S. was joined only by Israel in voting against the resolution. There
were three abstentions-Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.
"The US policy against Cuba is suffering from an absolute international
isolation and discredit and lacks every ethical or legal ground," said
Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.
"Our small island poses no threat to the national security of the
superpower," he said. "The human damages caused by the economic, commercial
and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba are
"Seventy-six percent of Cubans have lived under its devastating effects
since the day they are born," he added.
Ambassador Ronald Godard, U.S. Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere
Affairs, defended the embargo, saying, "Our sanctions policy toward
Cuba is just one of the tools in our overall effort to encourage respect
for the civil and human rights consistent with the Universal Declaration,
to which the United Nations itself is committed."
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