UN president calls for blockade end after unanimous vote

Campaign News | Saturday, 1 November 2008

The President of the UN General Assembly Miguel D'Escoto, said the US economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba must be ended “once and for all,”m after a Cuban resolution on the issue was overwhelmingly approved by the assembly for the seventeenth consecutive year.

In his concluding remarks after the vote on the resolution, which drew 185 in favor, D'Escoto pointed out that once again the international community had rejected the “illegal and criminal” blockade imposed on Cuba, calling the island nation a “heroic country of unfailing solidarity.”

He said the blockade has been almost unanimously repudiated and condemned, and thus it must be ended forthwith once and for all.

D’Escoto called the embargo against Cuba an “act of cruelty”, especially after the recent hurricane damage. He expressed his unwavering solidarity with all the Cuban people and to Fidel Castro, as a “hero of international solidarity”. “Viva Cuba,” he exclaimed, to the applause of the Assembly.

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