The 192-member United Nations body voiced concern about the “adverse effects” of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries in the non binding resolution.
The text was supported by 187 countries, while the United States and Israel voted against. There were three abstentions.
It was reported that, in addition, the resolution urged countries to repeal or invalidate any such laws as soon as possible.
Originally adopted in May, the Baldwin Spencer administration in Antigua and Barbuda reiterated its full commitment to “the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular the principles of sovereign equality of States, non-intervention and non-interference in their internal affairs and freedom of international trade and navigation.”
Belize said the ongoing attempt to isolate Cuba despite this annually adopted resolution, is a cause of concern, stating that at the bilateral level, Belize continues to engage with Cuba in a constructive and mutually beneficial partnership which had yielded concrete benefits for all our peoples.
The government in Belize said its policy of engagement is “further enhanced through regional co-operation between the Caribbean Community and Cuba.”
The Bruce Golding administration in Jamaica said it remains opposed to the unilateral application of economic and trade measures, by one State against another that would obstruct the freedom of commercial activity, trade and economic co-operation.
The Ralph Gonsalves Administration in St Vincent and the Grenadines said it enjoys very friendly relations with Cuba and continues to engage the Government and people of Cuba in solidarity on a variety of constructive, cooperative and mutually beneficial partnerships.