United Nations, Sep 8. -The situation in Haiti and Central America, the U.S. blockade of Cuba, and the Malvinas Islands issue are the top Latin America issues for the UN General Assembly as it begins a new annual session.The 66th ordinary session period begins Sept. 13, under the presidency of Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, who was Qatar's permanent representative to the UN for the last 13 years.
The first issue related to Latin America among the almost 170 official agenda points is "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."
This will be the 20th consecutive year the UN Assembly discusses this theme, and like the 19th previous times, it is expected that the plenary will condemn Washington's siege of Cuba for the last 50 years.
During the last session, 187 countries voted for Cuba's resolution against the blockade, while the United States and Israel voted against it and the Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia abstained.
The U.S. siege of Cuba is included in the Assembly agenda's section B on international peacekeeping and security.
That section also includes points such as "Central America: progress for the configuration of a region for peace, freedom, democracy and development" and "the question of the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands," a territory occupied by Britain and whose sovereignty is demanded by Argentina.
Also on the list is "The situation of democracy and human rights in Haiti," where the UN still has some 14,000 soldiers and police stationed after the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated that Caribbean nation.
Other burning issues to be debated at the UN are the situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian question. (Prensa Latina)