UN: Blockade of Cuba on Trial Again

UN: Blockade of Cuba on Trial AgainUnited Nations, Oct 25. -The UN General Assembly on Tuesday will raise again, for the 19th consecutive year, its demand for the United States to lift its blockade of Cuba, which has caused the island some $751.3 billion in losses.

The subject is item No. 41 on the Assembly's agenda, under the heading "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America Against Cuba."

In October 2009, 187 of 192 UN member countries voted for the end of the U.S. siege, with only three voting against that resolution (the United States, Israel and Palau), and two abstentions (Marshall Islands and Micronesia).

The annual report on the blockade presented by Cuba in the General Assembly states that the siege remains intact, with its complex web of laws and legal regulations.

This is also the longest and most unyielding blockade applied by the United States in history against any country, despite its violation of international law and the UN Charter's purposes and principles.

It is also, in essence and objectives, an act of unilateral aggression and permanent threat against the stability of a country, "a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of a people."

The blockade is an absurd, illegal and morally unsustainable policy that generates shortages and sufferings for people, restricts and slows the development of the country, and seriously damages Cuba's economy, the document says.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said a month ago at the UN General Assembly that US President Barack Obama seems unwilling to rectify even the most irrational and universally rejected aspects from his anti-Cuba policy.

There has not been any change in the policy of blockade and subversion against Cuba in the last two years, even though Obama has sufficient prerogatives to produce real change, the island's minister noted.

The October 26 vote takes place about a month after the Assembly's annual general debate, where heads of state and government as well as foreign ministers from dozens of countries denounced the US siege against the Caribbean island. (Prensa Latina)