In Summary
  • UN General Assembly called for an end to the nearly 60-year-old US embargo on Cuba by a vote of 187 to three.
  • Israel and Brazil voted with the US against the resolution. Ukraine and Colombia abstained.
  • The embargo, first imposed on October 19, 1960, is an enduring legacy of the Cold War hostilities between the two countries.

UNITED NATIONS,

The UN General Assembly on Thursday condemned the nearly 60-year-old US embargo on Cuba for the 28th year in a row, calling for an end to it by a vote of 187 to three.

Only Israel and Brazil voted with the US against the resolution. Two other US allies -- Ukraine and Colombia -- abstained.

First imposed on October 19, 1960 in response to Havana's nationalization of US-owned oil refineries, and extended in 1962, the embargo is an enduring legacy of the Cold War hostilities between the two countries.

It was denounced as "anachronistic" and "inhumane" during two days of debate by the General Assembly.

TRUMP COLD

In 2016, the US abstained for the first time in the annual UN vote amid a historic rapprochement with Cuba under former president Barack Obama.

But diplomatic relations between the two countries have turned cold since Donald Trump's arrival in the White House.

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