U.S. abstains for first time on U.N. call for end to Cuba embargo

cuban embargoThe United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from a United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, after opposing such measures every year for 24 years.

For the 25th time, the 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution with 191 votes in favor. Israel, which opposed the resolution last year, also abstained on Wednesday. Such resolutions are non-binding, but can carry political weight.

Communist-run Cuba and the United States, former Cold War foes, began normalizing relations in 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama has taken steps to ease trade and travel restrictions on Cuba, but only the U.S. Congress can lift the full embargo.

The Republican-controlled Congress has resisted Obama’s call to lift Washington’s economic embargo after more than 50 years. Republican critics say Obama is making too many concessions to Cuba for too little in return, especially on human rights.


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  1. Nacinimod
    October 27, 2016

    A step in the right direction but I cannot understand America’s government stance on Cuba.

  2. River Street
    October 26, 2016

    Viva Cuba!

  3. October 26, 2016

    America is a racist terrorist country! The United Nations should place sanctions on the USA and Africa should not deal with these parasitic low lives. The Caribbean should ban American Food and warn any black people not to go to any country under USA control due to fare of police false imprisonment and murder! The Caribbean should offer sanctuary to the black people in America!

  4. Jo
    October 26, 2016

    How come u not reporting on another voting story – how D/a just voted with Japan to quash the proposed whale sanctuary in Antarctica?

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