U.N. resolution again condemns U.S. embargo on Cuba
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
The United Nations' General Assembly on Wednesday approved a resolution
condemning the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, for the 19th straight year
and again by an overwhelming majority.
The resolution was endorsed by 187 of the U.N.'s 192 member nations. The
United States and Israel voted against it, and the tiny nations of
Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia abstained.
It urges Washington to end its nearly half-century-old embargo on the
communist-ruled island -- Cuba calls it a ``blockade'' -- but U.S.
governments have paid no heed to the previous 18 votes.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, speaking before the vote,
criticized President Barack Obama for maintaining the embargo despite
his preelection promise of a ``fresh start'' in bilateral relations.
``It is clear that the United States has no intention whatsoever to
eliminate the blockade,'' he said. ``The U.S. policy against Cuba has no
ethical or legal basis, no credibility or support.''
In reply, Ronald D. Godard, a senior official with the U.S. mission to
the United Nations, said his country had the sovereign right to decide
its commercial policies toward any country.