Cuba Will Ask U.S. to Put an End to Trade Embargo
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- Politics and Government
- 09 / 16 / 2009
The move came a day after US President Barack Obama extended for one year the Trading with the Enemy Act, which bans exchanges with any nation considered a threat and serves as a basis for the trade embargo aimed at Cuba.
The General Assembly has condemned the US trade embargo on Cuba 17 times. In 2008, the resolution had 185 votes in favor.
The US government has been encouraging Cuba -- the only one-party communist state in the Americas -- to make progress on human rights issues.
Cuba's communist regime has not allowed democratic or political opening in more than four decades since the July 1, 1959 revolution swept Fidel Castro to power, ousting US-backed Fulgencio Batista.
The US Treasury on September 3 eased restrictions on travel and money transfers to Cuba, five months after Obama announced the measures in a bid to improve ties with the communist island.
The changes focus on visits to the island by Cubans living in the United States, remittances by Cuban-Americans to their relatives and telecommunications, but continues to ban travel by most Americans to the island.