News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinewar-on-terrorcuba — Viewing Item


Israel sides usa

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)
   http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021113/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/un_cuba_4

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021113/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/un_cuba_4

U.N. Urges U.S. to End Cuba Embargo
Tue Nov 12,10:13 PM ET
By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - For the 11th straight year, the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly adopted a resolution urging the United States to end its four-decade trade embargo against Cuba.

The resolution, which is not binding, was approved by a vote of 173-3 with four abstentions a larger majority than last year when 167 nations voted to lift the embargo.

Only the United States, Israel and the Marshall Islands voted in favor of keeping the embargo, as they did last year.

Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's National Assembly, in a speech before the vote, accused powerful Americans of Cuban descent of acting against what he called the "true interests" of the United States by insisting on the embargo.

Cuba has been under a U.S. trade embargo since Fidel Castro (news - web sites) defeated the CIA (news - web sites)-backed assault at the Bay of Pigs in 1961. Americans are barred from traveling to the Caribbean island nation except with special approval.

Creating a small opening in the trade embargo, Congress two years ago legalized sales of food to the communist island for the first time since 1961. Cuba started buying U.S. food this year and Alarcon said sales could reach $200 million.

Ambassador Sichan Siv, the U.S. representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, told the General Assembly that President Bush (news - web sites) has made clear he would only work to ease the embargo if Cuba takes "concrete" steps toward political and economic reforms.

"Unfortunately, the Cuban government shows no signs of abandoning its policies that deny the Cuban people their fundamental rights," Siv said.

The United States was "particularly disappointed" by the Cuban government's decision to ignore the Varela Project, which collected more than 11,000 signatures for a referendum that would ask voters if they favor greater freedom of speech and private business ownership, Siv said.

In appealing for a "no" vote on the resolution, Siv denied that the embargo was the cause of Cuba's economic problems, saying Cuba imports some one billion dollars worth of goods every year from many different countries.

"The focus of the international community ... should be on the continuing human rights crisis in Cuba rather than on the bilateral United States efforts to encourage a peaceful transition to democracy," he said.



Amnesty cuba dissidents { April 2 2003 }
Anti castro aid
Anti castro regufees { November 12 2002 }
Bush denounces cuba spanish broadcast { May 20 2003 }
Bush eyes cuba regime change { October 10 2003 }
Bush speech cnn
Bush speech cuba { May 20 2002 }
Carter backs castro on cuba wmd lie
Carter says no proof of cuba bioweapons { May 14 2002 }
Castro accuses bush of plotting with cuban exiles
Castro accuses bush provoking war { May 1 2003 }
Castro denies { May 11 2002 }
Castro invites mahmoud abmadinejad to cuba { February 8 2006 }
Castro to ban use of dollar
Castro us lies { May 11 2002 }
Cia ties to kill castro with exploding cigar { October 19 2000 }
Concerns biological weapons
Cuba accuses meddling { November 9 2002 }
Cuba crackdown 80 trials { April 4 2003 }
Cuba crackdown
Cuba crucial agricultural trade partner with US
Cuba denounces brutal bush measures { May 7 2004 }
Cuba in the cross hairs { October 24 2003 }
Cuba says bioweapons charge pretext to invade
Cuba to defend herself against us
Cuban accused face trial
Dissidents were informers { April 24 2003 }
Florida more anti cubans { November 14 2002 }
Israel sides usa
Policy favors refugees
President calls for cuban recruits to florida
Senate approves easing cuba travel { October 24 2003 }
Tesions over cubans fleeing to united states { December 18 2005 }
Un against embargo { November 12 2002 }
United nations to vote to condemn sanctions
Us may punish cubans { April 17 2003 }
Us orders explusion 14 diplomats { May 14 2003 }
US pays fidel 4k a month for guantanamo bay
White house tightens cuba travel money { May 7 2004 }

Files Listed: 39



Correction/submissions

CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Archives
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple