U.N. votes to end Cuban embargo -- again

Nov. 8, 2005 at 9:40 PM
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The U.N. General Assembly, for the 14th year in a row, approved a resolution Tuesday to end the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba.

Representatives from 20 countries implored Washington to end its four-decade economic, financial, and commercial embargo on Cuba. They said the action, one of the longest in history, has led to the suffering of Cubans and the loss of billions of dollars.

The embargo prohibits trade between the United States and Cuba. The only goods allowed into Cuba are medicine, medical supplies and food, which the United States grants licenses to ship to Cuba from the United States.

Many member states argue the embargo violates the U.N. Charter for free trade and international law. The U.N. Charter includes basic principles of sovereign equality of states, non-intervention and non-interference of a state's internal affairs and freedom of international trade and navigation.

Cuba once again blamed the United States for its economic woes. Cuba claims it has lost $82 billion.

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