Cuba gets support before UN votes on embargo, US amendments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats representing more than 135 countries spoke against the American economic embargo of Cuba ahead of votes Thursday on a U.N. resolution condemning the policy and proposed U.S. amendments criticizing the lack of freedom of expression and other human rights in Cuba.

The Trump administration’s decision to call for individual votes on a series of amendments to the resolution represents an escalation of its action last year and reflects worsening U.S.-Cuban relations. In 2017, the U.S. returned to voting against the resolution after the abstention by the Obama administration in 2016 for the first time in 25 years.

During Wednesday’s General Assembly session there was unanimous support among speakers for the Cuban-sponsored resolution on the “necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo.”

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