World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Annual Call For End To US Embargo Against Cuba

General Assembly Yet Again Issues Annual Call For End To US Embargo Against Cuba

New York, Nov 9 2006 11:00AM

For the 15th year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly <"http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2006/ga10529.doc.htm">called on the United States to end its commercial, economic and financial embargoes against Cuba that began more than 46 years ago.

The resolution, adopted yesterday by 183 votes in favour to 4 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, US) and 1 abstention (Federated States of Micronesia), reiterated the Assembly’s call to all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.

It also called on them to repeal or invalidate such laws and requested the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the resolution at the Assembly’s next session, beginning next September.

Speaking for the resolution, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said the economic war waged by the US against Cuba was the longest and cruellest act ever known. It was an “act of genocide” and a flagrant violation of international law and the <"http://www.un.org/aboutun/charter/index.html">Charter of the United Nations.

Declaring that the US was lying when it alleged that Cuba used the embargo as an excuse for its own shortcomings, he said the embargo posed incredible limitations on his country, banning trade and tourism from the US, blocking Cuba from using the dollar in its external financial transactions and banning US banks and their subsidiaries in other countries from working with Cuba.

It also stopped the <"http://www.worldbank.org">World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) from granting credits to Cuba. More importantly, the US imposed those “criminal” provisions on Cuba’s economic relations with other countries, preventing their businessmen from investing in Cuba, and threatening to block those who ignored the ban from entry into the US, he added, charging that the US was continuing with its plans to œre-colonize Cuba.

US delegate Ronald Godard said the embargo was a bilateral issue that should not come before the Assembly. The measures had been maintained in an effort to promote the exercise of human, political and socio-economic rights for all Cuban people, and to ensure that such rights were not only enjoyed solely by privileged Cuban leaders.

Cuba introduced the text year after year, cynically asking everyone to blame the US and ignore the truth that the Cuban Government’s denial of the political, human, economic, and labour rights of its people for some 40 years was the real source of the problem, he added.


Washington’s embargo did not, as the resolution suggested, interfere with navigation in Cuban waters, or prevent others from trading with Cuba; and the US has continued to provide Cuba with billions of dollars in agricultural commodities, and billions more in medical equipment, he declared.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news