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OPPOSITION TO THE BLOCKADE POLICY AGAINST CUBA.

During the past year, opposition to the blockade policy against Cuba continued to climb within and outside the United States. Such opposition has been manifested in survey results, declarations by international organizations, articles written by important political and intellectual figures, among other actions.

An Angus Reid Public Opinion survey indicated that 62 per cent of US citizens favor the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba; 57 per cent supports the elimination of travel restrictions; and 51 per cent opposes the blockade.

Also, several regional and international organizations have continued rejecting this policy through declarations made by their Heads of State and Government, such as those of the Seventeenth Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union, the Twenty-first Ibero-American Summit, the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Fourth CARICOM-Cuba Summit, the Ministerial and Summit meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement, among others.

United Nations Member States expressed their opposition to the blockade against Cuba on October 2011, by adopting, with 186 votes in favor, the resolution requesting the end of such policy. Additionally, over 170 countries and entities of the United Nations system have documented their rejection of the blockade through their inputs to the Report of the UN Secretary-General on the matter.

Next Tuesday, 13 November 2012, the UN General Assembly will consider, for the twenty-first consecutive time, the draft resolution submitted by Cuba which demands the lifting of the blockade.

New York, 9 November 2012.

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