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#CubaNow Statement on Today's UN Vote Against The Embargo

Ric Herrero

#CubaNow Press Release

Oct 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO--#CubaNow Executive Director Ric Herrero issued the following statement today following the United Nation's 191-2 vote to condemn the U.S. embargo on Cuba:

"Today's 191-2 vote at the United Nations to condemn the U.S. embargo on Cuba represents another missed opportunity to build momentum toward normalized U.S.-Cuba relations.

"Only a few weeks ago, the Obama Administration—which has repeatedly called on the U.S. Congress to end the embargo—signaled that it was open to abstaining on the vote, provided that the resolution presented by Cuban officials reflected the momentous changes that have taken place since our two countries first announced a restoration of diplomatic ties. This move, which would have been unprecedented and not without a certain degree of domestic political cost to the White House, was an opportunity for the Cuban government to put forth a more forward-looking resolution than it did. While its resolution welcomed the re-establishment of diplomatic ties and President Obama’s public calls to lift the embargo, it did little else to convey that our countries have indeed entered a new era of engagement and cooperation. Today’s vote was the most overwhelmingly lopsided one in 24 years, but it could have been historic for a far more significant reason. We urge both governments to think bigger in the days ahead, and resist pressure by hardliners on either side to halt the march toward progress for the Cuban people."