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5. Former U.S. Diplomat To Cuba Calls For End To Embargo
Former U.S. Diplomat To Cuba Calls For End To Embargo
November 9, 2006 6:06 p.m. EST

Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Staff Writer
Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The former U.S. diplomat to Cuba says the Bush administration needs to end the embargo.

Wayne S. Smith, a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. and the former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana says that as Cuba transitions from the decades-long regime of Fidel Castro, the U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, contends that a Cuba led by Fidel's younger brother, Raul Castro, is "unacceptable."

The issue has recently received international attention once again after the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pressure the United States to end its economic embargo against Cuba.

For 15 consecutive years, the U.N. has voted to urge the U.S. to end its 45-year-old trade embargo "as soon as possible."

However, the U.S. has fired back, with deputy ambassador Ronald Godard says, "We maintain this embargo to demonstrate our continuing call for economic and political freedom for all Cubans."


India opposes US embargo against Cuba
9 Nov, 2006 1055hrs ISTIANS

UNITED NATIONS: India has urged the international community to redouble its efforts to have an economic environment free from sanctions and embargoes and one capable of providing equal opportunities to all countries.

"India has consistently opposed any unilateral measures by countries, which impinge on the sovereignty of another country. These include any attempt to extend the application of a country's laws extra-territorially to other sovereign nations," Indian delegate A. Vijaya Raghavan said during a UN General Assembly debate on Wednesday.

"We share the views expressed by the countries which have reiterated their opposition to the extra-territorial aspect of the economic embargo," he said in the debate on the necessity of ending US embargo against Cuba.

The embargo has been implemented in accordance with the 1992 Cuban Democracy Act (the so-called Torricelli Law), and the 1996 Helms Burton Act, through which the extra-territorial reach of the embargo encompasses foreign companies as well as foreign subsidiaries of US companies doing business with Cuba, Raghavan noted.

The embargo and sanctions imposed by the United States against Cuba has been in place for over four decades and has been a subject of discussion in the General Assembly for the fifteenth time.
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