“The General Assembly, determined to encourage strict compliance with the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations…concerned at the continued promulgation and application by Member States of laws and regulations, such as that promulgated on 12 March 1996 known as the ‘Helms-Burton Act’, the extraterritorial effects of which affect the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities or persons under their jurisdictions and the freedom of trade and navigation…concerned that, since the adoption of its resolutions…further measures of that nature aimed at strengthening and extending the economic commercial and financial embargo against Cuba continue to be promulgated and applied, and concerned also at the adverse effects of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries…once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible in accordance with their legal regime…” [Con Embargo] “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba,” United Nations General Assembly, UN.org, October 30,.
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“March 1 . US Senator Michael B. Enzi introduces the ‘Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act’ on the floor of the senate: ‘If you keep on doing what you have always been doing,’ he says, ‘you are going to wind up getting what you already got. …We are not hurting the Cuban government; we are hurting the Cuban people. …It is time for a different policy.’” [Con Embargo] Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.
“November 8 . For the 15th straight year in a row, the UN [United Nations] General Assembly votes overwhelmingly on a resolution to demand an end of the US embargo against Cuba. The vote is 183 in favor of the resolution (to end the embargo) and 4 against, with the nation of Micronesia abstaining. Voting with the US is Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau.” [Con Embargo] Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.
“[July 11 -2006]. US President G[eorge] W. Bush approves $80 million to be used for ‘boosting democracy in Cuba.’ The fund is the result of proposals from a commission (members of which include [Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez) exploring ‘US policy towards Cuba after the eventual death of Fidel Castro.’ The Cuban government refers to this as an ‘act of aggression,’ and Cuban dissident-journalist Oscar Espinosa Chepe considers the fund ‘…counterproductive. I believe Cubans have to be the ones who love our problems and any interference serves to complicate the situation,’ he says.” [Pro Embargo] [Con Embargo] Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.
“November 8 . For the 14th straight year, the UN [United Nations] General Assembly votes to end the US embargo against Cuba. The vote is 182 in favor, 4 against (US, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Palau) and 1 abstention (Micronesia).” [Con Embargo] Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.
“June 29 . The National Security Archive releases a memo written by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy on December 12 1963 (less than a month after President [John F.] Kennedy’s assassination), in which he seeks to lift the travel ban to Cuba. He refers to the ban as ‘inconsistent with traditional American liberties.’ Also released is a memo about a December 13 1963 meeting at the State Department (to which Kennedy was not invited), in which Undersecretary of State George Ball rules out the possibility of ending the travel ban.” [Pro Embargo] [Con Embargo] Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.
“June 21 . The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approves an amendment that rolls back a rule issued by the Treasury Department last February that requires that Cuba pay for food imports from the U.S. before they leave port. The full House and Senate must approve the amendment before it becomes law.” [Con Embargo] Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.
“On May 27, 2005 the United Nations Human Rights Commission Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions declared that the imprisonment of Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez [also known as The Cuban Five”] was arbitrary and insisted that the government of the United States adopt measures to resolve the situation.” “September 12-October 6: A period of international awareness in support of the Cuban five,” LINKS: International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Issue 29,.
“December 16 . A number of U.S. lawmakers and food firms meet in Havana. By the end of the week, Cuba has agreed to purchase about $125 million in farm goods from U.S. companies.” Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.
“October 28 . For the 13th consecutive year, the UN [United Nations] General Assembly votes overwhelmingly against the U.S. embargo on Cuba. The vote is 179 to 4, with 1 abstention. Voting with the U.S. for the embargo are Israel, Palau and the Marshall Islands. In the only speech loudly applauded on the assembly floor, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roughe states: ‘The U.S. government has unleashed a worldwide genocidal economic war against Cuba. It is the government of a large and mighty empire, but it is afraid of the example of a small rebellious island.’” [Con Embargo] Jerry A. Sierra, “Economic Embargo Timeline,”.