US opposes UN Cuba resolution, voting in favor of embargo
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US opposes UN Cuba resolution, voting in favor of embargo

The United States and Israel were the only countries to vote against a UN resolution condemning the embargo imposed for over a half century by Washington on Cuba.

The other 191 UN member countries, were against the economic, commercial and financial embargo the United States maintains on the island.

“If Cuba thinks this exercise will help move things forward in the direction both governments have indicated they wish, it is mistaken,” Ambassador Ronald D. Godard, U.S. senior area adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said at the General Assembly, the Miami Herald reports.

Nonetheless, Godard added that the U.S. remains committed to working toward normalizing relations with Cuba, which could take years.

“The lifting of the blockade will be the essential element to give some meaning to the progress achieved over the past few months in the relations between both countries and shall set the pace towards normalization,”Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.

In 2014, 188 of the 193 UN members voted against the embargo. This time, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau, who previously abstained, voted in favor of the resolution, leaving the United States and Israel as the only countries in opposition, the Havana Times reports.

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