National Council of Churches Welcomes U.S. Abstention In U.N. Cuba Vote


The head of the National Council of Churches applauded a symbolic non-vote on a perennial U.N. resolution as a step forward in normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba.

The U.N. General Assembly has previously adopted 25 resolutions calling for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and each time the U.S. voted no. This time, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N Samantha Power told the General Assembly the U.S. would abstain.

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“This abstention is yet another signal that the United States is ready to normalize relations with Cuba,” said Jim Winkler, president and general secretary of the 38 member ecumenical organization founded in 1950. “We receive this news with gratitude and celebrate with our counterpart, the Cuban Council of Churches.”

Winkler, former general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, said the next step is for the U.S. Congress to lift the blockade in place since just after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959.

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SOURCE: Baptist News Global
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