10/29/13 - Houston Chronicle - UN General Assembly votes against US Cuba
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to
condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba
for the 22nd year in a row.
The vote Tuesday was 188-2, with three abstentions. The United States and
Israel voted against it. General Assembly resolutions are unenforceable.
The embargo was enacted in 1960 following Cuba's nationalization of
properties belonging to U.S. citizens and corporations. Sanctions were
strengthened to a near-total embargo in 1962.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez railed against the embargo,
saying it has caused $1.126 trillion in economic damage over more than a
Ronald D. Godard, a senior U.S. adviser for Western Hemisphere affairs,
defended the embargo as "one of the tools in our overall efforts to
encourage respect for the civil and human rights" of Cubans.
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