UN / CUBA EMBARGO

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With 191 member state voting in favour and two against, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the United States of America to lift the embargo on Cuba. UNIFEED-UNTV

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STORY: UN / CUBA EMBARGO
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DATELINE: 27 OCTOBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Aerial shot, exterior of the UNHQ

27 OCTOBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, UN General Assembly Hall
3. Zoom out, Cuba voting
4. Med shot, voting display
5. Med shot, US delegate
6. Med shot, Cuban delegation
7. Med shot, display with voting result
8. Pan right, delegates applauding
9. Med shot, Parrilla coming to podium
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba:
“Ten months after the announcements made on December 17, no tangible, substantial modification has been introduced in the implementation of the blockade. Cuba’s removal from the spurious list of States Sponsors of International Terrorism was the inevitable rectification of nonsense, but this has hardly had any impact on the implementation of the blockade, which is supported by a far more comprehensive system of previously established sanctions and laws.”
11. Med shot, Parrilla on the podium
12.\tSOUNDBITE (Spanish) Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba:
“Any attempt to condition the lifting or modification of the blockade to the introduction of internal changes in Cuba will be in no way acceptable nor productive.”
13. Med shot, Israel’s delegation
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronald Godard, U.S. Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs:
“We regret therefore that the Government of Cuba has chosen to proceed with its annual resolution. The text falls short of reflecting the significant steps that have been taken and the spirit of engagement President Obama has championed. As a result, the United States cannot support it. If Cuba thinks this exercise will help move things forward in the direction both governments have indicated they wish, it is mistaken.”
15. Wide shot, GA Hall

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With 191 member state voting in favour and only two against, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the United States of America to lift the embargo on Cuba.

The resolution titled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” put forward by Cuba is 24th such resolution adopted by the General Assembly over the last 24 consecutive years.

Introducing the resolution, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla told delegates “ten months after the announcements made on December 17, no tangible, substantial modification has been introduced in the implementation of the blockade.”

Minister Parrilla also said that “Cuba’s removal from the spurious list of States Sponsors of International Terrorism was the inevitable rectification of nonsense, but this has hardly had any impact on the implementation of the blockade, which is supported by a far more comprehensive system of previously established sanctions and laws.”

Cuba’s Foreign Minister dismissed any possible conditioning of lifting the embargo.

Parrilla said “any attempt to condition the lifting or modification of the blockade to the introduction of internal changes in Cuba will be in no way acceptable nor productive.”

Two countries to vote against the resolution were United States of America and Israel.

Explaining the vote of his country, Ronald Godard, U.S. Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs said two countries’ Presidents have made a considerable progress toward normalization, something which the proposed resolution failed to acknowledge.

Godard said “We regret therefore that the Government of Cuba has chosen to proceed with its annual resolution. The text falls short of reflecting the significant steps that have been taken and the spirit of engagement President Obama has championed. As a result, the United States cannot support it. If Cuba thinks this exercise will help move things forward in the direction both governments have indicated they wish, it is mistaken.”
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