The UN General Assembly practically unanimously condemned this Thursday the embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba, an initiative that the island promotes annually to demand the end of a measure that dates back to 1958 and that, according to Havana, has intensified in recent years.
The official Cuban media have boasted of a “resounding victory”, since 185 countries have voted in favor of a resolution that only the United States and Israel voted against. Ukraine and Brazil, meanwhile, have abstained.
It is the thirtieth time that Cuba has drawn the attention of the international community with this symbolic gesture, without direct political repercussions. On an annual basis, it serves to defend its political positions before the UN body in which all member states are represented.
The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, has argued before the Assembly that the “blockade” has caused the island damages worth more than 150,000 million dollars, of which more than 6,300 million dollars would correspond to the first fourteen months term of the current president of the United States, Joe Biden.
The Government of Cuba has denounced in recent months that Biden has not backed down from the tightening of policies undertaken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, and even from intensifying certain measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rodriguez has estimated that more than 80 percent of the Cuban population was born after the application of the embargo and that, despite the “inhuman” pressure, “it will never give up” its political system. “Cuba is constantly renewing itself, and what remains immovable, anchored in the past and isolated is the blockade,” the minister pointed out.