UN General Assembly once again overwhelming passes a resolution calling for the end of US blockade on Cuba

No U.S. State Department blackmails or pressures exerted against various UN Members prevented the International Community from inflicting a resounding defeat to the Trump Administration on Thursday.

Of the 192 member states of the United Nations, 187 voted in favor. The United States, Israel, and Brazil opposed the resolution, and Ukraine and Colombia abstained.

The document calls upon all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures like the blockade in conformity with their obligations under the UN Charter and international law.

The text again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the steps necessary to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible following their legal regime

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter that the vote represents the undeniable isolation of the United States.

“Brutal pressures reflect the moral bankruptcy and rottenness of the U.S. current government. This is another categorical victory for Cuba, and for our heroic people. This is a triumph of truth and justice,” he said.

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Venezuela denounces US threats of domination at UN

United Nations, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) During his speech at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza assured that his country has the right to build its own political system, which does not emulate any other.

'We have our challenges, but it is a model created by our people,' he emphasized as part of a meeting to defend the UN Charter, a document signed on June 26, 1945, at the end of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, which entered into force on October 24 of the same year.

Arreaza reiterated that Venezuela's commitment has always been to peace.

Since his arrival in New York (United States) on Monday to join the UN General Assembly, the Venezuelan minister has held bilateral meetings with authorities from countries such as Portugal and Equatorial Guinea.

He also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

As part of the document, the possibility of an agreement that would allow the establishment of a UN office in Venezuela was evaluated.

The memorandum includes the strengthening of national mechanisms for the protection of human rights and access to justice, while facilitating possible visits by UN special rapporteurs over the next two years.

The details of these activities will be agreed in a work plan to be defined between the government of the South American nation and the UN Human Rights Office within 30 days of signature.

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U.S. to send troops to Saudi Arabia, as Rouhani arrives at United Nations with peace plan

United Nations, September 24 (RHC)-- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he will present a regional security plan dubbed the “Hormuz Peace Endeavor” during the United Nations General Assembly this week, as he called on foreign powers to leave the Persian Gulf amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

Earlier, the Trump administration said it would deploy military forces to Saudi Arabia, as well as impose new sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank and other financial institutions.  The announcements from the Pentagon were in response to the drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities, which the U.S. has blamed on Iran.  Iran has denied any involvement in the attack, which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement.

In more news about Iran, a government spokesperson said that the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz in July, had been released.

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President of the UN General Assembly to Travel to UK

President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, traveled to the United Kingdom this Sunday to begin an official visit at the invitation of the non-governmental organization YMCA.

According to her spokeswoman, Monica Grayley, Espinosa will give the opening speech on Monday to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the YMCA, expected to be attended by some 5,000 young people from more than 100 countries.

The representative of the largest United Nations agency will speak about one of the priorities of her mandate: Youth, Peace and Security, and also about the future of work, climate change and Sustainable Development Goals, among other issues.

She will also hold bilateral meetings with YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee and YMCA President Patricia Pelton.

Espinosa will hold other meetings to discuss the upcoming high-level week of the Assembly, the revitalization of the Assembly's work, climate change, gender equality, sustainable development and action to address hate speech.

On Tuesday, August 6, she will travel to Buckinghamshire for the opening of the United Nations Study Centre at Buckingham University, the first of its kind in the UK.

She will meet with representatives of academia, civil society and women's groups, and participate in a panel discussion hosted by the United Nations Association in the United Kingdom.

She will also visit Westminster Central Hall, where the General Assembly held its first meetings in 1946.

Espinosa will conclude her visit to the United Kingdom on August 7.

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United Nations General Assembly to vote resolution on the US economic blockade

New York, November 1 (RHC)-- The UN General Assembly will vote today on the draft resolution calling for the end of the US blockade against Cuba. Foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told TeleSur  that once again the document will garner the overwhelming support of the international community.

The minister added that on Wednesday 31 delegations took the floor at the General Assembly Hall to voice their rejection of the hostile measure and called for the end of a policy that violates the human rights of an entire people.

Cuba's top diplomat noted that the United States has tried to distort the nature of the resolution with the addition of eight amendments which seeks to alter its content arguing presumed violations of human rights on the island, in order to obtain  a pretext to further reinforce the blockade.

Rodriguez projected that there will be a rejection of the US amendments, and that like on the 26 previopus occassions, the international community will flattly rejectythe long-standing hostile and extraterritorial measure.

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Blockade to Cuba Isolates United States at UN

United Nations, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) The international community demonstrated on Wednesday at the UN, for the umpteenth time, its rejection of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for almost six decades.

Representatives from all over the world raised their voices in the plenary session of the UN General Assembly to support a draft resolution, presented by Havana, against this punitive policy.

Latin America and the Caribbean denounced the U.S. strategy, which they considered an obstacle to the development of Cuba.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade violates international law and the UN Charter, and constitutes a violation of Cuba's right to interact fully with humanity, declared Venezuela's ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada.

Speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, Moncada denounced that the direct and indirect damage caused affects all Cuban sectors, including health, nutrition, agriculture, as well as investment, trade, tourism and banking.

Similarly, the Chinese ambassador, Ma Zhaoxu, called for respect for the legitimate right of peoples to self-determination and reaffirmed Beijing's opposition to unilateral sanctions imposed by other countries.

Both Vietnam and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) criticized the blockade for the damage caused to the Cuban people.

On behalf of the G-77 and China, Egyptian representative Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta condemned Trump's government's policy and reiterated the forum's commitment to the UN Charter, in particular the principle of non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of states, which must be assumed by all.

As spokesman for the African group, the Moroccan Abdeslam Jasni urged Washington to put an end to this punitive measure, which he considered a stumbling block for the development of the island.

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High-level Debate Opened at the UN General Assembly

United Nations, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The UN General Assembly opened today the high-level debate of its seventy-third session, under the premise of making the United Nations relevant to all people.

The opening included a moment of silence in remembrance of the former Secretary General of the UN Kofi Annan, whose recent death still shocks the multilateral organization.

This first day will be marked by the intervention of several Latin American presidents: that of Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic, in accordance with the program foreseen by the UN.

As has been the tradition since 1947, Brazil opened the general debate, followed by the president of the host country of the United Nations, Donald Trump, who has been criticized for pushing the abandonment of his nation by several important international agreements and organizations.

A high-level meeting on United Nations peacekeeping operations is also scheduled for Tuesday, and on Wednesday the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and a meeting on the fight against tuberculosis will be held.

Another meeting, on health, will take place on September 27 with the high-level meeting to carry out a comprehensive review of the prevention and control of no communicable diseases.

When the presidency of the largest UN agency took office the previous week, the Ecuadorian diplomat María Fernanda Espinosa recalled that in the General Assembly all countries have the same seat, the same button to vote, and the same right to ask for the floor and be listened.

But it is also urgent to make the UN more relevant to all people, and 'that will be the main focus of my work to get closer as an organization to society,' stressed the first Latin American woman to assume the head of the Assembly.

Precisely, the official theme of this high-level debate is 'to make the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.'

The General Assembly brings together the 193 member states of the UN and this year it is expected that more than 100 heads of States and Government will make their interventions in the high-level debate.

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Cuban President to New York for UN Debate

Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Army General Raul Castro met Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who left on Sunday for New York to participate in the general debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

In the farewell at the International Airport 'Jose Marti' was also present José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretaries of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

The president heads the delegation of the island to the activities in the international organization, which is also integrated by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez; Ministers of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz and Communications, Jorge Luis Perdomo.

According to an official report, the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Abelardo Moreno, is also part of the delegation; the director general of the United States of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío; Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez, Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and José Ramón Cabañas, ambassador of Cuba Washington.

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