UN Cuba Embargo

October 31, 2013 by  

UN Cuba Embargo, HAVANA Cuba enjoyed its 22nd annual slam dunk at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday as member nations roundly condemned the U.S. economic and trade embargo of the Caribbean island.

By a vote of 188 to 2–the United States and Israel–the 193-member body once again approved a resolution presented by Havana that accuses the U.S. of causing over $1.126 trillion in damages as a result of over 50 years of trade sanctions.

Last year there were three no votes but the third vote, Palau, joined Micronesia and the Marshall Islands this year in their abstentions.

The embargo – or blockade as it’s known in Cuba – is comprised of hundreds of laws and is the most visible symbol of decades of contentious relations.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in New York for the U.N. vote today, slammed the Obama Administration, which had been expected to take steps toward dismantling the embargo as part of a new policy toward the island.

Instead, under President Obama, Cuba charges, some sanctions have been tightened, particularly those related to banking. This, according to Havana and to business sources, is due to Cuba’s inclusion on the U.S. State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Havana has hotly contested its presence on this list, calling it unjustified.

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