The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Oct. 25 adopted a resolution on the need to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US against Cuba with 186 ayes, two noes and three blank votes.

At the UNGA plenary session, permanent representative of Vietnam Ambassador Le Hoang Trung said “ Vietnam shares the view of the international community that the US should end the embargo against Cuba ”.

The policies and measures in pursuit of the embargo against Cuba , including the “Helms-Burton Act”, go against international law and the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, hinder the development of friendly relations among nations, and violate the right of people to self-determination, to determine their political system and path of development, said the Vietnamese diplomat.

The restrictions in trade, finance and even travel continue to have serious illegal extraterritorial effects on the sovereignty of other states as well as efforts towards an equal and just global economic structure for the prosperity of every nation, said Trung.

Representatives of members of G77 group, the Non-Aligned Movement, the African Union, the Caribbean Community, MERCOSUR (the Common Market of the South) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation strongly condemned the US embargo, affirming that it has violated the international law and gone against the UN Charter.

They demanded that the US implement the UNGA’s resolutions and immediately put an end to its illegal embargo against Cuba .

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla valued the international community’s support to Havana ’s legitimate struggle to demand Washington to lift its irrational embargo unconditionally.

The US policy on Cuba has seriously violated international law and human rights, said the Cuban FM.

Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitali Churkin affirmed that discrimination measures, including the embargo, are totally unacceptable in the current context and they are evidence of a rude intervention into Cuba ’s internal affairs.

This is the 20 th consecutive year the UNGA adopted a resolution on the issue./.