Record 179 countries vote against US blockade of Cuba
The UN General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority on November 4 to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States. The resolution adopted obtained a record 179 votes in favour, with only the United States, Israel and the US-dependant Marshall Islands voting against it, and only two countries abstaining. The vote recalls declarations made by the heads of state and government at Ibero-American Summits in relation to the need to eliminate the unilateral application of measures of an economic and commercial nature affecting the unfettered development of international trade. It also expresses concern at the continued promulgation and application of laws and regulations such as the US Helms-Burton Act that affect the sovereignty of other states, the legitimate interests of entities and persons under their jurisdiction, and freedom of trade and navigation. It reiterates previous calls on all states to abstain from undertaking actions of this kind, and urges the most rapid repeal or annulment possible of those in existence. The resolution asks the UN Secretary General to prepare a report on the present resolution "in the light of the aims and principles of the organisation's Charter and international law for presentation to the General Assembly in its next period of sessions". In that way the issue remains on the program for debate next year as a question of constant interest. The vote is yet another smack in the face for US imperialism and its aggressive policies. The US suffered other setbacks when it was knocked off several UN Committees, including Human Rights and its failure to force its corporate globalisation agenda through the WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancun.