The overwhelming UN vote in favor of the Cuban resolution was joined by a new UN member this year to make up a total of 183 countries that opposed the US anti-Cuba measure; four countries voted against (the United States, Israel, Palau and the Marshal Islands, while Micronesia abstained.

The first group of 59 UN member nations, which backed the Cuban resolution in 1992, increased to 179 in 2004, while that figure grew to 182 in 2005, and this year it increased to 183 countries of the world.

The US blockade of Cuba has cost the island over 86 billion dollars over the past 47 years.

Cuba Denounces US Maneuvers at the United Nations

Cuban foreign minister Felipe Perez Roque, slammed this Wednesday the US’ maneuvers to distract the UN’s attention from the economic blockade against the island.

Speaking before the UN’s general assembly, Perez Roque said Washington representatives finally swayed Australia to present an amendment for the Cuban resolution against the blockade, after failing to convince any European delegations to back the American plan, reported Prensa Latina news agency.

Perez Roque pointed out that Washington won the Australian support after making a top-level call to the Foreign Affairs Ministry of that oceanic country.

In response to the Australian action, the Cuban minister said Australia has no moral authority to refer to the human rights situation in Cuba, and called the country "the puppet" used by the US to propose its amendment.

The Australian government is an accomplice of American imperialism, a sort of "pocket imperialism," that is always willing to follow its mentors in Washington, he added.

Perez Roque remarked that the Australian government has no moral ground to criticize Cuba while it submits its own indigenous population to a truly apartheid regime and supports the torture center kept by the US in the illegally occupied territory of Guantanamo in Cuba.

The Cuban foreign minister expressed his conviction that the General Assembly can not be misled or manipulated, requesting that the Cuban motion of no action in response to the Australian amendment be voted on, before voting in favor of the resolution.

With the Wednesday vote against the US blockade the UN General Assembly has adopted similar Cuban resolutions for 15 years in a row.

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