UN / US CUBA EMBARGO

07-Nov-2019 00:02:24
With 187 member states voting in favour, three against, and two abstaining, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling on the United States of America (US) to lift its embargo on Cuba. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 07 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

07 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Wide shot, Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla at the GA podium
4. Med shot, US delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cuba:
“President Donald Trump’s government has begun escalating its aggression against Cuba by applying unconventional measures in order to prevent the supply of fuel to our country through sanctions and threats to ships, shipping companies, and insurance companies from diverse markets. Its goal, beyond disturbing the economy, is to damage the Cuban families’ standard of living.”
6. Med shot, Venezuela delegation
7. Wide shot, US Ambassador Kelly Craft at the GA podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“For the 28th time, the resolution will likely pass almost unanimously; my government, and perhaps a few others, will oppose it. Like all nations, we get to choose which countries we trade with. This is our sovereign right. So, it is worrying that the international community, in the name of protecting sovereignty, continues to challenge this right. But what is even more concerning is that every year, this body entertains the claim that the Cuban regime has no other choice than to abuse its own people in response to the embargo.”
9. Med shot, Cuban delegation
10. Wide shot, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza at the GA podium
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Arreaza, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Venezuela:
“It is time for the clamour of the vast majority to be heard, not only from member states, but from the peoples of the world, who in unison demand the immediate and definitive end to the anachronic and inhuman blockade against Cuba. It is time to put an end to double standards in international relations.”
12 Wide shot, GA
13. Med shot, Cuban delegation
14. Various shots, voting boards
15. Wide shot, end of session
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With 187 member states voting in favour, three against, and two abstaining, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) today (07 Nov) overwhelmingly adopted a resolution calling on the United States of America (US) to lift its embargo on Cuba.

Ahead of the vote, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, told the GA that recently, “President Donald Trump’s government has begun escalating its aggression against Cuba by applying unconventional measures in order to prevent the supply of fuel to our country through sanctions and threats to ships, shipping companies, and insurance companies from diverse markets.”

The goal of the United States, Rodríguez Parrilla said, “beyond disturbing the economy, is to damage the Cuban families’ standard of living.”

In her address to the GA, US Ambassador Kelly Craft said, “like all nations, we get to choose which countries we trade with. This is our sovereign right. So, it is worrying that the international community, in the name of protecting sovereignty, continues to challenge this right.”

“What is even more concerning,” Craft said, “is that every year, this body entertains the claim that the Cuban regime has no other choice than to abuse its own people in response to the embargo.”

Also addressing the GA, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said, “it is time for the clamour of the vast majority to be heard, not only from member states, but from the peoples of the world, who in unison demand the immediate and definitive end to the anachronic and inhuman blockade against Cuba.”

He said it was “time to put an end to double standards in international relations.”

The United States, Israel, and Brazil voted against the resolution. Ukraine and Colombia abstained.

This is the 28th time the GA has adopted a resolution calling on the US to end the embargo.

The US embargo against Cuba was first imposed on 19 October 1960. The GA has, since 1992, passed a resolution every year condemning the embargo.
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