Cuba Blockade on Today’s UN Agenda

by Circles Robinson

Havana's capitolio building. Photo: Ihosvanny

HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 25 — Cuba is on the UN agenda on Tuesday but it has nothing to do with sanctions on the Caribbean island nation.

Instead it is the half-century United States economic blockade on Cuba that will obtain approval or rejection from the world body.

For twenty consecutive years the Cuban government has asked the UN General Assembly to condemn the US blockade that has severely damaged its economy.

Exactly a year ago the vote was 187-2 with three abstentions, with the US being told to end its blockade, although there are no enforcement teeth in the resolution.

The one country that supported the US stranglehold on Cuba was Israel, with the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau abstaining.

Many of the countries that supported Cuba’s resolution against the blockade – including its European allies – have their differences with the island’s form of government but do not think the hostile US policy is fair.