Washington, June 24. The United Nations General Assembly has received overwhelming support for a resolution condemning America’s economic sanctions on Cuba. In the 193-member General Assembly, 184 countries voted in favor of the censure motion, while three members were absent. At the same time, America has voted against the condemnation motion. Along with America, Israel has also opposed it.
The United States has maintained economic sanctions on Cuba, upholding opposition from the administration of former President Donald Trump. Which is condemned in this proposal.
Resolution being passed since 1992
The United Nations General Assembly has passed this resolution every year since 1992, which has received strong support from the international community. Voting could not be held in the year 2020 due to Corona virus.
Three countries, Brazil, Colombia and Ukraine did not participate in the process on the UN resolution, while four countries – the Central African Republic, Myanmar, Moldova and Somalia – did not participate in the voting.
The US political coordinator at the UN mission, Robbie Hunter, told the General Assembly that the Biden administration has decided to vote against the resolution because the US believes the sanctions are the only tools vital to the restoration of democracy and human rights in Cuba. and is the core of our policy efforts in Cuba.
While opposing the US sanctions, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called it warlike in the General Assembly. He said that the US imposed economic and travel restrictions to shock his tourism sector, due to which his country has suffered a loss of $ 5 billion.
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Rodriguez said that these US sanctions continue even at a time when it remains a difficult challenge for Cuba to get essential things like medical equipment, food items in the fight against Corona virus.
The resolution of the General Assembly is not legally binding on the US and the authority to end sanctions rests with the US Congress. But this resolution reflects world public opinion and provides an international platform for Cuba to oppose the US.
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Story first published: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 17:34 [IST]