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Embargo on Cuba assailed

October 29, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly condemned the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, an annual ritual that highlights global opposition to the policy.

This year's vote was 187 to 3 in opposition to the embargo, up from 185 to 3 last year, with only Israel and the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau again supporting the United States. It was the 18th year in a row that the General Assembly has taken up the symbolic measure, with Washington steadily losing what little support it once had.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez ticked off a long list of grievances in his speech before the world body, saying the 47-year-old embargo -- which the Cubans refer to as a blockade -- had cost the island's fragile economy tens of billions of dollars over the years and prevented Cuban children from getting needed medical care.

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