gl. This is how Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador commented on the maintenance of the US blockade against Cuba in his daily press conference. It has been 30 years since the UN General Assembly voted on a resolution to lift the blockade, which has been in place since 1960, more than 60 years. This year, 185 states voted in favour of the resolution, with only two votes against (USA and Israel) and two abstentions (Brazil and Ukraine). Even the EU voted in favour of the resolution. Numerous speakers from a wide range of countries and supranational alliances condemned the blockade as contrary to international law and a blatant violation of human rights. The sanctions had even been tightened by the US government during the Covid pandemic. López Obrador described the blockade and the fact that it is not being lifted by the USA despite this overwhelming majority of votes in the UN General Assembly as “very retrograde. How can we rely on such a retrograde step at this time? These are times of change.” On Ukraine’s abstention, he remarked, “With all due respect, what do they have to gain by getting involved? Such little political sensitivity.” However, he said, the position of the majority of countries will be heard sooner or later. •
Sources: https://amerika21.de/2022/11/260899/un-sieg-fuer-kuba-gegen-die-us-blockade; https://www.jornada.com.mx/notas/2022/11/04/politica/verguenza-mantener-bloqueo-a-cuba-pese-a-aplastante-posicion-de-naciones-amlo/
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