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UN General Assembly resolution demands end of US embargo on Cuba

Hundreds of young people participate in a rally against US embargo in Havana, Cuba, Aug 5, 2021. (JOAQUIN HERNANDEZ / XINHUA)

UNITED NATIONS – The General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution to demand an end to the decades-old US embargo on Cuba.
The resolution was adopted with 185 votes in favor, 2 against, and 2 abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against the draft. Brazil and Ukraine abstained.

Thursday's resolution was the 30th in a row on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba

The resolution expresses concern about the continued promulgation and application of laws and regulations, such as the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, the extraterritorial effects of which affect the sovereignty of other states, the legitimate interests of entities or persons under their jurisdiction, and the freedom of trade and navigation.

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The resolution calls on all states to refrain from promulgating and applying such laws and measures, and urges states that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the steps necessary to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime.
The resolution requests the UN secretary-general to prepare a report on the implementation of this resolution and to submit it to the General Assembly at its next annual session.

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Thursday's resolution was the 30th in a row on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba. First imposed in 1962, the embargo was tightened in recent years by former US President Donald Trump.