Tuesday, October 25, 2011

U.N.: Dump trade ban with Cuba

The Cuban delegation. Photo: the U.N.
For the 20th straight year, the United Nations on Tuesday rejected the longtime U.S. trade embargo with Cuba. The vote was resounding:
  • 186 nations voted in favor of a resolution condemning the embargo.
  • Three countries abstained: the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau.
  • Two nations voted against: the United States and Israel.
Said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla:
What the US Government wants to see changed will not change.
The American representative, Ronald Godard, said the resolution was aimed at confusing and obscuring the issues, according to the U.N.'s website. He said:
But let there be no confusion about this: the United States, like most Member States, reaffirms its strong commitment to supporting the right and the heartfelt desire of the Cuban people to freely determine their future.
And let there be no obscuring that the Cuban regime has deprived them of this right for more than half a century.

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