RCI St. Lucia
posted on October 29, 2014 10:10
An international Relations Consultant and Former Diplomat says the overwhelming call from the United Nations for the removal of the US ban on Cuba is a strong indicator that the United States should change course.
The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the 23rd time to condemn the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, with many nations praising the island state for its response in fighting the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa.
Ambassador Huntley believes that the objectives of the embargo have not been accomplished and had it not been for the ban, Cuba and the United States could have been strong allies.
The issue had been a major talking point at the start of the first term of US President Barack Obama but has failed to move significantly from the discussion phase.
However Mr Huntley notes that despite his limited time in office and strong resistance from the US congress, Obama may make the bold move just before he leaves the White House.
Despite their differences, Mr Huntley says there has been some warming of relations between Cuba and the United States as a result of the fight against the Ebola Virus.
Cuba has been among front runners in providing medical care and treatment to some of the worst affected areas in West Africa
On that basis Huntley is of the view that the embargo will not affect the EBOLA effort.
In the 193-nation assembly, 188 countries voted for the nonbinding resolution, titled "Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."
As in previous years, the only countries that voted against the declaration were the United States and an ally, Israel. The Pacific island nations Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained. The voting result was identical to last year's.