UN General Assembly rebukes US embargo on Cuba
Resolution condemning embargo on Cuba passes 185-2, marking the 30th time the UN has rebuked the decades-old US policy.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has delivered a strong rebuke of the United States embargo on Cuba, which Havana has demanded be lifted amid an economic crisis on the Caribbean island.
Overwhelmingly, 185 countries on Thursday voted in favour of a non-binding resolution condemning the embargo. With the US and Israel voting against it and Brazil and Ukraine abstaining.
It was the 30th time the UN has voted to condemn the US policy, which has been in place for decades.
“The United States opposes this resolution, but we stand with the Cuban people and will continue to seek ways to provide meaningful support to them,” US Political Coordinator, John Kelley, told the UNGA on Thursday.
“If the United States government was really interested in the welfare, human rights and self-determination of Cubans, it could lift the blockade,” countered Yuri Gala, Cuba’s deputy representative at the UN.
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