UN calls for end to US embargo on Cuba
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to call for
an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba.
The vote was cast at the 192-member General Assembly with 187 in
favour, three against and two abstentions. This is the 18th year that
the General Assembly voted to urge an end to the U.S. embargo.
Only the United States, Israel and Palau voted against the non-
binding resolution, while Micronesia and the Marshall Islands abstained.
Over 17 consecutive years since 1992, a majority in the United
Nations General Assembly have supported lifting the unilateral U.S.
The United States imposed the trade embargo on Cuba in early 1960s
when both countries severed diplomatic ties. Cuban Foreign Minister
Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, while taking the floor at the General
Assembly, said that U.S. embargo was "an absurd policy that causes
scarcities and sufferings."
"It is a crass, flagrant and systematic violations of human rights,"
the foreign minister said. United Nations, (Xinhua) -