10/20/11 (AEIN) The government of Cuba plans to submit a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly condemning U.S. trade sanctions imposed upon the Caribbean island. Cuban officials expect to win the votes of most U.N. members in favor of the resolution, state radio reported on Wednesday night.
Cuba will introduce the General Assembly resolution on Tuesday, October 25th. It has submitted similar resolutions in the past and usually obtained the support of all but a handful of countries, such as the U.S. and Israel. The resolutions are part of an ongoing campaign to urge the U.S. to bring an end to its trade sanctions.
The United States first enacted sanctions on Cuba in 1962, according to The World Almanac. It has also interfered in Cuban trade with foreign countries from time to time. Cuba contends that the sanctions curtail income from tourism and raise costs by forcing the island country to conduct trade with more distant nations.