St. Vincent and the Grenadines joins in voting to condemn the US embargo against Cuba

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Inga Rhonda King

The United States embargo against Cuba has been and continues to be a violation of international law, the Permanent representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador Rhonda King told the General Assembly following an overwhelming vote calling for an end to the embargo.

For the 22nd straight year, the United Nations General Assembly voted to condemn the United States’ 53-year economic embargo against the small Caribbean island nation of Cuba.

This year, all but two of the UN's 193 member nations voted in favour of a resolution condemning the crippling embargo. Only Israel joined the United States in opposing the resolution.

Ambassador King asked what place this embargo has in our modern world.

TAPE: And in an interconnected world of open borders, free movement of people, goods and capital, how can the champions and architects of globalization simultaneously legislate the isolation of one state, or place extraterritorial restrictions on commerce, global trade, and the movement of individuals? How can the electorate of one country, or ne constituency, or one district determine the cargo and path of a ship sailing into and out of Cuban waters, or the manner in which banks and corporations of other countries conduct their business with Cuba.”

Ambassador King said St. Vincent and the Grenadines hopes for an evolution in the thinking and actions of the United States on this matter.

Meanwhile, Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told the UN General Assembly that “The human damages caused by the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States are incalculable.”

Parrilla said the US embargo has cost the Cuban economy $1.1 trillion and has prevented the nation from obtaining desperately needed heart and AIDS medications for children.

Parrilla added that the US embargo “provokes hardships and is a mass, flagrant and systematic violation of human rights.”

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 2’05″

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