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Cuban Foreign Minister at UN for Vote Against US Blockade

United Nations, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez arrived in New York today to attend tomorrow a session of the General Assembly to vote a new resolution against the US blockade.

Rodriguez, who was welcomed by Cuba’s permanent member to the UN, Pedro Nunez Mosquera, will speak at the top world body’s plenary.

For the 21th consecutive year, the General Assembly will vote a document titled “Necessity of Ending the US Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed on Cuba.”

In 2011, the text was agreed by 180 of the 193 member countries of the world body, only voted against by the United States and Israel and abstentions by Marshal Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

A report presented by Cuba about the issue indicates that until December last year, Cuba has suffered economic damage worth 1.66 trillion USD.

For the discussion about the US blockade, the General Assembly will have this year a report by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, including documents presented by 170 countries underpinning their opposition to the US siege of Cuba.

The voting against the measure started on Nov. 24, 1992, when the 47th ordinary session of the Assembly approved the first resolution in this regard.

A month ago, some fifty world leaders demanded from the podium of the UN General Assembly the lifting of the US siege of Cuba.

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