LA, Caribbean nations to condemn U.S. for blockading Cuba

10:20, October 26, 2010      

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The Latin American and Caribbean countries will unanimously condemn the decades-long U.S. blockade on Cuba at a UN General Assembly meeting, a Cuban ambassador said on Monday.

Carlos Zamora, Cuban ambassador to Brazil, told a press conference that the embargo imposed since 1961 is "criminal and illegal" and represents a true "act of genocide" in violation of international law and the UN Charter.

On Tuesday, Cuba will present a report to end the blockade for the 19th consecutive year at the UN plenary session. The blockade has cost the country over 750 billion U.S. dollars between 1961 to 2009, according to Cuban authorities.

"The blockade is the main obstacle to the development of the Cuban economy and must be removed immediately," the ambassador said.

He also lamented that U.S. President Barack Obama has not honored his commitment to loosen some restrictions on Cuba, such as the travel ban of U.S. citizens to the island nation.

The ambassador said Cuba is getting increasing support from the international community to remove the blockade. At a UN meeting in 2009, only the United States, Israel and Palau voted against the resolution calling for an end to the embargo.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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