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India and 190 other members of UNGA vote a resolution condemning US embargo on Cuba


India along with 190 other members of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on October 27, 2015 has voted in support of a resolution condemning an economic embargo imposed by the US on Cuba. It is stated that existence of such restrictions undermines multi-lateralism and credibility of the UN.

In a near unanimous vote, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution renewing its call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US against Cuba. Israel and the US were the only two countries to vote against the resolution.

The Assembly, however, welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba announced last July and the willingness of US President Barack Obama to work towards the lifting of the economic, financial and trade embargo against Cuba.

India's Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji said there can be little doubt that the continued existence of this embargo, in contravention of world opinion, undermines multi-lateralism and the credibility of the United Nations itself. He added that the international community needs to re-double its efforts to promote an environment free from sanctions and embargoes.