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The vote was a resounding 188-2.
It's the 23rd straight year that the United Nations has condemned the embargo.
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL., contends that the U.N. has it all wrong. She said in a statement that today's vote reflects the United Nations' "disconnection from the realities of Cuba."
Member nations, the lawmaker said, ignore "gross human rights violations and the lack of fundamental freedoms for the Cuban people as a result of Castro’s tyrannical regime."
The international community should focus its efforts on being a voice for pro-democracy forces in Cuba and condemn the abuses perpetrated by the regime of Havana.
The vote at the United Nations General Assembly negligently overlooks the duplicitous behavior of the Castro regime at the international stage when a shipment of military equipment originating from Cuba, was intercepted in Panama destined for North Korea, in violation of several UN Security Council Resolutions.
We commend and thank our close friend, the democratic State of Israel for joining us in voting against this senseless resolution.