Voting results on the resolution submitted by Cuba against the US embargo. Photo: cubadbate.cu
Voting results on the resolution submitted by Cuba against the US embargo. Photo: cubadbate.cu

HAVANA TIMES — The United States and Israel were once again the only countries to vote against a UN resolution condemning the embargo imposed for over a half century by Washington on Cuba, reports dpa news.

For the twenty-fourth consecutive year Cuba took its case against the embargo to the UN via a non-binding resolution.

With the newly re-established diplomatic relations between the two former enemies, there had been speculation that the Obama administration would abstain.

However the US voted against the resolution accompanied by Israel, while the other 191 UN member countries, a record number, were against the economic, commercial and financial embargo the United States maintains on the island.

A possible US abstention was seen as a symbolic gesture, since it is the Congress that has the power to lift the embargo. President Obama has already expressed his desire the embargo be lifted and has taken steps to relax certain aspects of it since December last year when the two countries announced they would resume relations, broken off in 1961.

The US justified its decision to oppose the resolution saying that the text of the resolution did not reflect “the significant steps that have been taken and the spirit of compromise” that now exists, said the US representative at the General Assembly, Ronald Godard.

“If Cuba believes that this exercise helps get things moving in the direction that both governments have indicated they want, they are wrong,” said Godard.

In introducing the resolution, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said the text reflects recent developments and welcomes the new course of relations between the US and Cuba, formally resumed in July.

“The US government announced a new policy toward our country, but the measures taken by the administration, whilst positive, only very partially modify some elements related to implementing the blockade,” said Rodriguez.

Ali Khoshroo, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, spoke on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of 120 countries that does not support any political bloc, and condemned the US position that contradicts international law and the UN Charter .

“The continuation of the embargo is totally unjustified and against Cuba’s efforts to achieve a sustainable development,” Khoshroo said.

Last year, 188 of the 193 UN members voted against the embargo. This time, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau, who abstained in 2014, voted in favor of the resolution, leaving the United States and Israel as the only countries in opposition.


13 thoughts on “US Embargo on Cuba Rejected 191-2 at UN

  • You make my point. It is our sovereign right to do business with whom we choose. These foreign firms can CHOOSE with whom they will do business as well. If your company prefers the Castros over US dollars, there’s nothing the US embargo does to preclude that business. No legal action, domestic or foreign, taken against our Cuban policy has worked to overturn US federal law. Countries all over the world have similar trade restrictions with other countries in conflict with their policies. You should be encouraging the Castros to open Cuba to greater democracy.

  • If a French, Chinese or Peruvian company has US business interests they couldn’t seek to do business in Cuba as they would be fined or in danger of loosing their US business interests. And that includes businesses that deal in products that are exempt from the embargo. The company I work for is in the same situation. You like to call that a choice but it clearly infringes on our rights to do business and our rights to determine our own foreign policy. The EU brought an action against the US under international law on this issue. They have also passed laws to counter the affects of the embargo on European companies. So hardly just a bilateral issue.

  • Once again you try and confuse those who are unfamiliar with Cuban History. Batista did not flee to the USA as you continue to insinuate. Cubans of all stripes fled the Castfo dictatorship throughout the 1960s on the Freedom flights and even sent their children unaccompanied to avoid Communist indoctrination. The brain drain caused by the progressional class fleeing was not caused by Batista. It was caused by a communist dictatorship. Something you continue to whitewash!

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