October 26th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

U.N. assembly votes to end U.S. embargo against Cuba

The United Nations General Assembly voted Tuesday in favor of a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. There were 187 member states in favor of the resolution, two against, and three abstentions.

The vote is non-binding.

It was the 19th consecutive year that the United Nations has voted to condemn the embargo.

The two opposing votes came from the United States and Israel.

The United States put the embargo in place in 1960. Despite it, the Cuban regime founded by Fidel Castro remains in place, currently led by his brother, Raul Castro.

Cuba attributes much of its economic woes to the embargo, which it calls "the blockade."

- CNN's Whitney Hurst contributed to this report

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  1. Daniel

    Thanks, but which countries voted against or abstained? American reps?

    October 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      Do we need a news flash every time your body does something?

      October 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim d

      If you would READ the article you would see the votes against were from the US and Israel.

      October 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bond, James Bond

    tacos and chili boys

    October 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      Ooh, I'd love some!

      October 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • gues

      Cubans don't eat tacos and chili, Mr. Bond...don't be so ignorant. Cubans are not Mexicans although some intolerant folks want to just stick all Spanish speaking people into one category even though we all come from different countries, eat different foods, and have different costumes. Stop being so ignorant!

      October 28, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. hoss

    Cigars for everyone. hee haw

    October 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bond, James Bond

    i must tell mi-6 , yes, quite! We must attack!!!

    October 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bond, James Bond

    smoke em if you got em! The new hawaii. The other brown meat

    October 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. termlimits

    None of the UN's business! As a matter of fact move it to Iran and we should cut our funding! Now, go away!

    October 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    The United Nations is interfering in a matter that does not concern them. Although the U.S. and Israel voted against it, I can assure you behind the scenes our Obama appointed U.N. Ambassador was on her knees gaining support, for the Cuba embargo being lifted, much like the way I often write the letters B and J.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr.Love

      Jimmy are you sure you just don't need a hug???

      October 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sgt. Slaughter

    Can I get my name on the Cigar mailing list please....

    October 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Freebird

    Why not lift the embargo? There is no longer a threat, is there?

    October 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    Dr. Love. Aren't you sure you should be commenting the subject instead of attacking me? A person who has the ability to ask and his request will be carried out.
    You haven't a clue as to the time period you are living in so stick to the subject and quit attacking me unless I attack you.
    Your refusal will result in punishment. You will regret not having done what I have said. You've nothing to gain by attacking me and much to lose.
    The fact is this president has time and time again pushed through unpopular legislation (for example 70% of the people did not want Obamacare passed) now, he has backhandedly gotten the Cuban Trade Embargo lifted. Over 50% are against it. Castro hasn't changed his policies or released his political prisoners.
    This president today talked of punishing his enemies, fellow Americans who are republicans. Although WikiLeaks Julian Assange is home eating a bowl of fruitloops afterward planning to hookup with a elephant. If anyone is to punish as Obama requested.
    I will be requesting it.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mjpd

    We wont lift the embargo unti castro writes a check for fifty billion and honors property rights.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Brieske

    Mjpd. Yeah I hope. Let's not forget whose property Castro stole. Obama has. Kennedy did because he renigged and had part of his head blown off. Jackie was intentionally aimed away from in the moving vehicle. You do not harm wives.
    Each president since Kennedy has upheld the embargo because the score with Castro has not been settled.
    Any President who lifts the embargo before then is spitting in the face of the mafia.

    October 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jerryfelldown

    F*&k the mob. They were the first parasite in cuba after the latinos an thier slave trade. And besides all it does is open the gates for american parasites to move in. An stick your paws in someones well being.

    October 27, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |