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29-Oct-2013 00:02:21
The UN General Assembly voted again overwhelmingly, for the 22nd year in a row to condemn the United States embargo against Cuba. UNTV

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DATELINE: 29 OCTOBE 2013, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters
2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Wide shot, Cuban Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla at the
4. Cutaway, Cuban delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations:
“During President Obama’s administration the blockade on Cuba has been worse particularly in the financial sector. Historically United States has used in the persecution and surveillance of our commercial transactions and economic relations the enormous technological power of its massive global surveillance system recently denounced.”
6. Cutaway, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronald D. Godard, United States Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs:
“Our sanctions policy toward Cuba is just one of the tools in our overall effort to encourage respect for the civil and human rights consistent with the Universal Declaration, to which the United Nations itself is committed. We therefore stand in opposition to this resolution, and we call on all other nations who support the Cuban people to oppose this resolution.”
8. Cutaway, Cuban Ambassador Parrilla reading
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ronald D. Godard, United States Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs:
“I want to make clear that the United States is in fact a deep and abiding friend of the Cuban people. In 2012, the Cuban people received more than $2 billion in remittances and other private support from the United States. This was made possible by U.S. policy choices. In 2012, the United States was Cuba’s largest supplier of food and agricultural products and exported almost $465 million in agricultural products, medical devices, medicine, and humanitarian items to Cuba.”
10. SOUND-UP (English) John W. Ashe, President of the 68th General Assembly, United Nations:
“Those in favour of draft resolution A/68/L6 please signify”
11. Wide shot, delegates vote
12. Close up, vote results
13. Med shot, Ambassador Bruno Parrilla congratulated by delegates
14. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

For the 22nd consecutive year at the United Nations (UN), the General Assembly today (29 Oct.) adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

Before the vote Cuba’s Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla denounced that the US “has used in the persecution and surveillance of our commercial transactions and economic relations the enormous technological power of its massive global surveillance system recently denounced.”

Meanwhile Ronald D. Godard, US Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs said that the US sanctions policy toward Cuba was “just one of the tools in our overall effort to encourage respect for the civil and human rights consistent with the Universal Declaration, to which the United Nations itself is committed.”

Noting that the US was a “deep and abiding friend of the Cuban people”. he said that In 2012, the Cuba had received more than “$2 billion in remittances and other private support from the United States”, adding that the US was Cuba’s “largest supplier of food and agricultural products and exported almost $465 million in agricultural products, medical devices, medicine, and humanitarian items to Cuba.”

By a vote of 188 in favour to two against (Israel and the United States) with three abstentions (Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau), the Assembly reiterated its call to all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.

The 193-member Assembly “once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible,” the text added.
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