Once again the UN has taken a symbolic vote urging the United States to lift its 48-year long economic embargo against communist-run Cuba.
But once again, on this, the 19th time the Security Council has considered the issue, the US and Israel voted against.
Bruno Rodriguez, Cuban Foreign Minister made his feelings clear. “Two years ago, the US president proclaimed a new start with Cuba, but the facts confirm that nothing has changed. And he didn’t use the broad prerogatives he has in order to lighten the blockade
President Obama’s administration has taken some steps to lessen hostility with Havana, but sees the trade embargo as leverage to promote human rights in Cuba.
Ronald Godard, US representative at the UN said:
“The United States believes that it is high time for this body to focus its energies in supporting the Cuban people in their quest to freely decide their own future and move beyond the rhetorical posturing that this resolution represents.”
Washington has eased restrictions on family visits, but the European Union says the trade embargo is contributing to Cuba’s poverty.
As US voters go to the polls, the Cuban question continues to be a thorn in the Obama administration’s side.