UN Condemns US Embargo on Cuba by 191-0 Vote

The United States abstains for the first time in 25 years.

Voting in the UN General Assembly on October 26, 2016.
Voting in the UN General Assembly on October 26, 2016.

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.

11 thoughts on “UN Condemns US Embargo on Cuba by 191-0 Vote

  • October 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    If it were up to me, there would be free and independent elections in Cuba made possible because of the freedom of speech and assembly. The Castros would be exiled to Venezuela and Cohiba Espléndidos would cost $2 maybe $3 a cigar in 7-11.

  • October 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    U.S. government facilitated policies of extortion, manipulation, covert action, and economic starvation will get you nowhere in Cuba. I would have thought that you had learned that by now. Moses, you can continue to hold onto that same old tired ultimatum if you choose… a lot of good it will do you. The rest of us already know how wonderful that extortion policy has played out to the benefit of the Cuban people for more than half a century. And if it were up to you, you would still want to continue adding more insult to injury for the Cuban people, and to the tarnished reputation of the USA around the world. You’re completely delusional and out of touch with reality because your arrogance is all you have left.

  • October 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    This would be the same hypocritical UN which just elected Cuba, China, Egypt & Saudi Arabia to the UN Human Rights Commission. These states are among the worst abusers of human rights in the world. The UN is a talking shop for corrupt diplomats, dictators and thugs. The UN has made a mockery of itself.

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