UNITED NATIONS, November 2. /TASS/. The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling on the US to end the trade and economic embargo against Cuba, which has been in force since 1962, according to a TASS reporter.
The Cuba-sponsored resolution garnered the support of 187 countries, Israel and the US voted against it, and Ukraine abstained.
The US severed diplomatic ties with the island nation in 1961 in response to the nationalization of American property. On February 3, 1962, Washington announced a trade and economic embargo against Cuba. Havana has set the lifting of the embargo as one of its foreign policy priorities. According to the Cuban government, the embargo has inflicted $159 billion in damages to the island's economy.
Since 1992, Cuba has annually submitted to the UN General Assembly a draft resolution calling for the lifting of the US embargo. The overwhelming majority of UN member states invariably vote in support of the proposal.