Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves (U.N. photo)

NEW YORK, USA – This country’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Camillo Gonsalves, on Tuesday told the international body that by almost any measure, the United States embargo against Cuba is “an unmitigated failure”.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines was among 186 states that voted in favour of a U.N. resolution that reaffirmed the sovereign equality of states, non-intervention in their internal affairs and freedom of trade and navigation as paramount to the conduct of international affairs.

The United States and Israel voted against the resolution while Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau abstained.

But the United States Senior Area Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ambassador Ronald Godard practically told the United Nations General Assembly that its fifty-year-old economic blockage of Cuba is none of its business.

“The United States strongly asserts its sovereign right, on the same basis as other Member States, to determine its bilateral policies, including its economic relationships with other countries, in accordance with its own national interests and values. This includes our economic relationships with other countries,” the U.S. envoy said.

Don Bobb of United Nations Radio reports.

Text of SVG’s statement on Embargo against Cuba (2011)

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