Cuba Wins Vote at the UN but…October 29, 2013 | Print |
UN once again calls on the USA to lift its embargo against Cuba
HAVANA TIMES — For the twenty-second consecutive year, the UN General Assembly urged the United States today to lift its more than half century embargo against Cuba, reported dpa news.
The vote rejecting the embargo was approved by 188 votes in favor and only two against – United States and Israel, and with the abstention of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands.
However, the resolution has no mechanism for enforcement or sanctions on the United States if it ignores the call.
“The US policy against Cuba suffers total isolation and is discredited the world over and has no ethical or legal support. This is demonstrated by more than 180 votes in the General Assembly, speeches by dozens of heads of state and government in the general debate and arguments from Member States and international organizations outlined in the report of the UN Secretary General,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla told the full Assembly .
According to Cuban government estimates the blockade, which took effect in 1962, has caused losses to the Cuban economy of over a trillion US dollars.
No one expects the United States to comply with the resolution, since after 21 previous calls Washington ignored the UN request.