UN General Assembly reiterates call on U.S. to end blockade against Cuba

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The United Nations 193-member General Assembly on Tuesday reiterated its call on the United States to end its blockade against Cuba imposed in 1960.

The overwhelming majority of 188 states voted in favour, two, the United States and Israel voted against and 3 abstained.

Cuba says the blockade has caused accumulated economic damages of 1 trillion, 126 billion dollars.

Ethiopia's Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Aman Hassen who spoke on behalf of the African Group of States, said Africa fully supported the resolution on the necessity of ending the embargo against Cuba.

"We do so, first of all, because it is right. We do so also because Cuba has a proud history in Africa because of its role in the struggle of Africa for liberation. That role will continue to be remembered by the people of Africa, and the people of Cuba should continue to be proud of this historic contribution"

Several speakers also expressed concern about the "extraterritorial effects" of the embargo following the 1996 "Helms-Burton Act" extended it to countries trading with Cuba.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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