Blockade Resolution Ready

For the nineteenth consecutive year, the General Assembly of the United Nations will vote on a Cuban resolution demanding the end of the almost 50-year-old US blockade against the islan9
Prensa Latina news agency reports that the UN General Assembly will vote on the document as part of the discussion on topic 41 of the agenda under the title “Necessity to End the Economic, Trade and Financial Blockade Imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”

The text of the resolution reaffirms the principles of equal sovereignty among States, non interference in domestic affairs and freedom of trade and international navigation.

It also rejects the approval and implementation of laws such as the Helms-Burton Act, “whose extraterritorial effects damage the sovereignty of other states and the legitimate interests of entities or individuals.”

The document mentions that a similar resolution has been approved by the UN General Assembly on 18 previous occasions. It also refers to other declarations and accords adopted by several intergovernmental forums, international organizations and governments rejecting the implementation of this kind of unilateral measures.

The text urges all states to abstain from passing and implementing similar regulations and to comply with the principles included in the Charter of the United Nations and international law.
Finally, it asks the UN General-Secretary to prepare a report on the compliance with the resolution to present it during the 66th ordinary period of sessions of the UN General Assembly.

Last year, 187 countries voted to lift US blockade against Cuba while only three voted against (United States, Israel and Palau) and two abstained (Marshall Islands and Micronesia).

According to conservative estimates, the blockade has cost the island more than 751 billion dollars.

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