UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Caribbean Community ( CARICOM) on Tuesday called upon the U.S. government "to heed the calls of the international community to bring an end to embargo" against Cuba, which has brought "fundamental unjustness" to the small Caribbean island country for more than half a century.
Joseph Goddard, the permanent representative of Barbados to the United Nations, made the statement as he was taking the floor at the UN General Assembly on behalf of the CARICOM on the "necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."
"CARICOM member states also continue to value and enjoy long- established, warm and friendly relations with the United States of America," he said. "It is in this spirit, that we urge its government to heed the calls of the international community to bring an end to the embargo."
CARICOM is an organization of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies. The regional body's main purposes are to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign policy. Its secretariat headquarters is based in Georgetown, Guyana.
"In this regard, we also encourage engagement in a constructive process of dialogue and normalization of relations," Goddard said. "We believe this would be in the interest of all parties and significantly contribute to increased peaceful development and cooperation within the Americas."
The United States imposed the blockade against Cuba in 1962 when both countries severed diplomatic ties. The Eisenhower administration took the unilateral measures against Cuba to prevent the Cuban revolution from succeeding through economic wars.
"The embargo has persisted for too long in spite of the unambiguous reprove of an overwhelming majority of member states, as demonstrated by the annual adoption of the resolution before us, " he said.
The 193-member General Assembly is expected to adopt a draft resolution later Tuesday to call on the United States to immediately end its decades-long trade embargo against Cuba.
In October 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a similar draft resolution on the U.S. embargo against Cuba. It was the 20th consecutive year that the UN General Assembly had adopted the resolution to condemn the U.S. embargo and demanded an end to it.
The ongoing U.S. embargo also stunts Cuba's efforts to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which has wreaked havoc on the eastern coast of the island country.
"With the increasing frequency of natural disasters and the persistent impact of the global economic crisis, the unacceptable cost of the embargo is becoming even more acute," Goddard said. " Cuba's safety, advance preparedness and pace of recovery are compromised by the embargo's many direct and indirect effects."