Tuesday, September 22, 2015

AP: U.S. weighs unprecedented abstention on U.N. vote condemning Cuba embargo.

Associated Press, Sept. 21, 2015 | 12:53 p.m. EDT

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the United States may accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. officials tell the AP that the Obama administration is weighing abstaining from the annual U.N. General Assembly vote on a Cuban-backed resolution demanding that the embargo be lifted. The vote could come next month.

No decision has yet been made, said four administration officials who weren't authorized to speak publicly on sensitive internal deliberations and demanded anonymity. But merely considering an abstention is unprecedented. Following through on the idea would send shock waves through both the United Nations and Congress.

It is unheard of for a U.N. member state not to oppose resolutions critical of its own laws.

JG: Beware Cuba of the schemes of Barack Obama! He is not worthy of trust.

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