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UN Renews Call on US to End Economic Embargo on Cuba

Nov.13, 2012

The UN General Assembly on Tuesday renewed a demand that the United States lift the economic embargo imposed on Cuba since the 1960s.

The 193-nation assembly voted 188-3 to adopt an annual resolution, for the 21st consecutive year, calling for UN members to consider the US embargo against Cuba as illegal and respect international law that reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation. Last year's vote was 186-2, with the US and Israel voting against.

In Tuesday's vote, the US, Israel and Palau voted against while Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained.

Washington has rejected the repeated UN demands to end the embargo. But it has also improved ties with Havana and allowed US citizens to travel to Cuba.

The resolution, like previous ones, asked all states that have been implementing the US embargo "to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate (US sanctions) as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime."

The economic embargo against Cuba was strengthened by US President John F Kennedy in February 1962 following the failure of US-backed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

The US embargo was further boosted in 1996 by the Helms-Burton Act with the US Congress demanding compliance by all companies with regard to trade and navigation with Cuba.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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