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The UN General Assembly hastoday, once again,voiced the almost unanimous call by the international community for the US to put an end to its policy of economic aggression against Cuba.

By a vote or 191 against 2 (United States and Israel) the international body passed a resolution calling on  the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against the Republic of Cuba”.  As every year since 1992, the decision was preceded by a lengthy debate, involving representatives from all regions of the world that, in statement after statement, called on the US government to end a policy universally rejected, that serves no purpose, that damages peace and international cooperation and that has unfairly punished the people of Cuba as a whole.

Cuba’s Ambassador to South Africa Carlos Fernández de Cossío expressed satisfaction with the UN decision and the support of South Africa.  He recalled that on August 2014, the South African Parliament passed a resolution calling upon the then US President to “lift the blockade immediately and engage Cuba more positively.”

He also reminded that “since 1992, the UN General Assembly has consistently called on the government of the United States to lift its unilateral economic sanctions against our nation”.

The blockade violates International Law.  It is contrary to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.  It is a transgression of the right to peace, to the development and security of a sovereign State. In its essence and in its aims, it is an act of unilateral aggression and a permanent threat against the country’s stability.  It is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the rights of an entire people.  Moreover, it violates the sovereign rights of many other nations because of its extraterritorial nature.  The blockade against Cuba, therefore, is not a simple bilateral matter between Cuba and the United States. It is a unilateral action by the US that implies a transgression to the international community.

Ambassador Fernández de Cossio indicated that “in spite of its illegitimate nature, this is the most comprehensive and long lasting set of sanctions applied ever against any nation”.