UNGA resolution calls for ending US embargo on Cuba

Added On November 3, 2018

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a non-binding resolution, calling for lifting the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
The draft resolution, tabled by Cuba, received 189 votes in favor and two against at the 193-member General Assembly.
Only the United States and Israel voted against it.
Before the voting, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez reiterated that the embargo is a violation of human rights.
SOUNDBITE(English): BRUNO RODRIGUEZ, Cuban Foreign Minister
"The embargo is a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of human rights of Cuban men and women and it has been, and still is the main obstacle to the aspirations of the wellbeing and prosperity of several generations. The quantifiable damage accumulated by the embargo after six decades of its implementation has reached a figure of 933.7 billion U.S. dollars."
The debate on ending the U.S. embargo on Cuba started on Wednesday.
Thursday's vote marked the 27th consecutive year in which Havana has tabled the resolution.
The only time that the United States didn't cast a no vote was in 2016 during the Obama administration's opening toward Cuba when both the United States and Israel abstained.