[News] US to Vote ‘No’ on UN Resolution to End Blockade Against Cuba
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US to Vote ‘No’ on UN Resolution to End Blockade Against Cuba
1 November 2017
According to reports, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump
will vote "no" against the annual U.N. General Assembly resolution
demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba that was imposed in 1962.
Speaking at the General Assembly, titled, "Necessity of ending the
economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States
of America against Cuba," the representative of African states called
the hardline stance taken by the current U.S. administration against
Cuba as being "a step backward" that hampers Cuba's sustainable development.
He recalled Cuba's proud history on the African continent, actively
participating in liberation struggles and its ongoing contribution to
“The people of Africa will continue to remember this contribution,” he
said, adding that Cuba has long been a responsible member of the
The Venezuelan representative speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned
Movement expressed full opposition to the promulgation of the economic,
commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, which has lasted for
over 55 years. He noted that the blockade is not only a contravention of
international law, it is also a "criminal act" perpetrated by the most
powerful government in the world to prevent a small Caribbean island
from creating its own society.
The diplomat added that the blockade violates Cuba's right to interact
with the international community, due to its extra-territorial reach in
the forms of fines and restrictions on people and businesses that travel
to and engage with Cuba.
This latest move by the United States follows an Oct. 3 decision to
expel 15 Cuban diplomats following allegations of "sonic attacks" on
U.S. diplomatic staff stationed in the U.S. embassy in Havana, which the
Cuban government has investigated and denied.
Since 1992, successive administrations have voted "no" on the annual
resolution before the general assembly. Former U.S. President Barack
Obama broke with this predictability by abstaining from the vote in 2016
as part of a new strategy of thawing relations with the socialist country.
Trump has rebuked his predecessor’s decision to open relations with
Cuba. The administration has planned to re-impose strict travel
restrictions for U.S. citizens to the island nation and close holes in
the blockade that made it possible for investment in certain areas of
the Cuban economy, including agriculture, technology, and tourism.
"We plan to vote against the resolution to underscore this new approach
to Cuba," Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a
statement. "The Trump administration policy gives greater emphasis in
advancing human rights and democracy in Cuba, while maintaining
engagement that serves U.S. national interests."
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She added, "Cuba has engaged in human rights abuses. This administration
continues to call upon Cuba to improve in terms of human rights, and
also open up to where they would have better media access, better access
to the things that we enjoy here."
The annual resolution has been all but universally supported by the
193-member body of the general assembly. Only two countries have
consistently voted against the resolution in recent years — the U.S. and
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