UN: 20th Years Condemning U.S. Blockade on Cuba

United Nations, Oct 25. -For 20 consecutive years, the UN General Assembly will cast on Tuesday a new condemnation to the U.S.-imposed blockade on Cuba for almost 50 years.In the presence of Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez, the top UN forum will vote today a resolution entitled: "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."

The text, presented by Cuba, details the damages caused to the Cuban people as a consequence of the U.S. siege, valued at 975 billion USD.

In the document, the Cuban government states that U.S. measures against the Caribbean nation persist and strengthen, despite the increasing and categorical demand from the international community for its elimination.

In 2010, 187 countries voted in favor of a similar document in the plenary session, where the United States and Israel voted against, and Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia abstained.

The first UN vote on the blockade was on November 24, 1992, when the 47th ordinary session of the Assembly passed its first resolution condemning the blockade 59-3, with 71 abstentions.

A month ago, about 50 presidents worldwide demanded the end of that blockade at the UN General Assembly.

Today's voting is the third with Barack Obama in the U.S. presidency. (Prensa Latina)