The UN General Assembly calls for the lifting of the economic blockade against Cuba

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It was a historic vote during the annual debate at the United Nations General Assembly on the blockade imposed on Cuba.

185 countries voted in favor of lifting the embargo imposed on the vastist island. The United States and Israel voted against while Brazil and Ukraine abstained.

This is the 27th time since 1992 that the UN General Assembly has voted to lift the economic and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, which has violated the human rights of the Cuban people as well as the freedom of trade and navigation since 1962.

Several countries speaking in the name of the freedom of peoples have spoken out against this blockade. This is the case of Eritrea, speaking on behalf of the Group of Friends in Defense of the United Nations Charter, and Azerbaijan, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, recalling that more than 240 measures were implemented during the previous US administration, regretting that the majority of these additional measures remain in force today.

Maintaining restrictive measures against Cuba at a time when the world is facing an energy and food crisis aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent Hurricane Ian, is nothing less than inhumane, said the Russian Federation, which stressed “the colossal cost” of the U.S. blockade recalling that in the first 14 months of the presidency of Mr. Joe Biden’s presidency, the losses related to the anti-Cuban sanctions measures amounted to 6.3 billion dollars, or more than 15 million dollars per day.

The Dominican Republic, speaking on behalf of the Central American Integration System (SICA), regretted that the difficult international situation, marked in particular by COVID-19, had not allowed a rapprochement between Cuba and the United States.

Argentina, speaking on behalf of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), spoke out against the unfair inclusion of Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism by the U.S. State Department, a baseless categorization that limits its chances of establishing trade relations.
For its part, Venezuela denounced the “economic terrorism” of the United States and its extraterritorial character, which affects any country or entity that intends to maintain economic, commercial or financial relations with Cuba.

Immediately after the vote, Cuban President Miguel Canel Dias Bermuda attacked the United States. What are the United States waiting for to lift the blockade? ”Today again, the voice of #Cuba will be raised at the United Nations to denounce the genocidal blockade and supported by the vast majority of the international community.

For his part, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was delighted. Venezuela celebrates the victory of our sister Cuba, today November 3 at the UN. 185 countries have sent a clear and forceful message: Stop the blockade! It is time for a new humanity of respect. Long live the dignity of the Cuban people”, he said on Twitter.

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