The Organisation of American States (OAS) voted on Tuesday (29 July) to lift sanctions against Cuba and allow each member nation to decide the nature of its relations with the island.
GV Flags ZOOM INTO conference building
SV Security guards ZOOM BACK TO LV
SV PAN delegates enter and pass checked
GV INT. delegates seated
CU Uruguayan Minister
SV Names of country on table
CU Haitian delegate
SV Argentine and Honduran delegates
SV U.S. delegate speaking
TRANSCRIPT: "The Secretary of State, Kissinger, in his speech dealing with Latin America, observed the willingness of the United States to support a generally acceptable solution to the issue of Cuban sanctions. This we acted on this evening. In the opinion of my delegation, this is generally acceptable solution, one that demands the support of a necessary majority. Accordingly we will vote in favour."
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Background: The Organisation of American States (OAS) voted on Tuesday (29 July) to lift sanctions against Cuba and allow each member nation to decide the nature of its relations with the island.
But long before the Costa Rican summit the wall cutting off Cuba was crumbling. Several member nations, which originally voted for diplomatic sanctions in 1964, had reversed their policies and resumed political and trade relations with Havana.
The United States, which was the main force behind the eleven-year-old-policy, said, after Tuesday's vote, it was prepared to enter serious discussions with Cuba. But a spokesman for the State Department would not predict when and where a Cuban-U.S. dialogue might begin. The U.S.A. voted in favour of dropping the sanctions. Its representative at the summit had this to say....
SYNOPSIS: Eleven years of official isolation for Cuba ended with a vote in San ???, Costa Rica, on Tuesday when the summit meeting of the organisation of American States discussed the issue. Delegates from all member nations attended the security-right meeting.
Guards surrounded the conference building and all delegates had their credentials checked on entering. Although the prime issue was a vote on whether or not to continue economic and diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, it was obvious from the outset that it was only a formality. Many Latin American nations have been dealing with Havana during the eleven years the sanctions have been in force.
The sanctions were imposed in 1964....the United States called for them following the Cuban missile crisis. Times have changed since those cold war days and the United States, going with the OAS tide, also voted to allow member states to make their own nature of relations with Havana.