Blockade on Cuba: 20 Condemnations and Counting

United Nations, Oct 26. -The UN General Assembly once again unanimously condemned the U.S. blockade on Cuba, demanding the lifting of that measure.A total of 186 members of that global forum voted for a resolution entitled: "The Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."

The United States and Israel once again voted against a similar document presented by Cuba during the last 20 years. Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau abstained.

This is one of the General Assembly traditional issues that convene the most reiterated, categorical and overwhelming statements, as Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.

The first UN vote on the blockade was on November 24, 1992, with 59 in favor, three against (the United States, Israel and Romania) and 71 abstentions.

Addressing the UN plenary session on Tuesday, the Cuban minister stated that during these two decades, the international community has constant and sustainable demanded the end of that U.S. siege on Cuba.

"It would have seemed impossible then (1992) that 20 years later, the Assembly would be considering today the same affair," an issue linked to the right to self-determination, international law, trade rules, and the reasons for which the UN exists," Rodriguez stated.

Maybe that is one of the reasons for which almost 30 countries spoke in the General Assembly to support Cuba in front of the blockade and demand the lifting of the U.S. siege on the Caribbean island. (Prensa Latina)