The United States abstains for the first time in 25 years.
HAVANA TIMES – For the first time in 25 years, the United States abstained today in a vote of the General Assembly UN urging Washington to end its half century US embargo on Cuba.
The resolution was approved with 191 votes in favor, none opposed and two abstentions, the US and Israel, the only two countries which last year voted against.
The vote does not contain or imply any specific action or sanctions.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at the UN headquarters that the new US approach is “a positive sign” but noted that “the truth is that the blockade persists and marks the current Cuban reality.”
The Obama administration position contrasts with that of the majority Republican Party in Congress, whose leadership promises to maintain the embargo.