United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

26 October 1994


                                             45th plenary meeting
                                             26 October 1994
          49/9. Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and
                financial embargo imposed by the United States
                of America against Cuba
     The General Assembly,
     Determined to encourage strict compliance with the purposes and
principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations,
     Reaffirming, among other principles, the sovereign equality of States,
non-intervention and non-interference in their internal affairs and freedom of
international trade and navigation, which are also enshrined in many
international legal instruments,
     Recalling the statements of the heads of State and Government at the
third and fourth Ibero-American Summits, held respectively at Salvador,
Brazil, on 15 and 16 July 1993 and Cartagena, Colombia, from 14 to 16 June
1994, concerning the need to eliminate the unilateral application of economic
and trade measures by one State against another which affect the free flow of
international trade,
     Taking note of Decision 356 adopted on 3 June 1994 by the Twentieth
Council of the Latin American Economic System, held at the ministerial level
at Mexico City, which called for the lifting of the economic, commercial and
financial embargo against Cuba,
     Concerned about the continued promulgation and application by Member
States of laws and regulations whose extraterritorial effects affect the
sovereignty of other States and the legitimate interests of entities or
persons under their jurisdiction, as well as the freedom of trade and
     Recalling its resolutions 47/19 of 24 November 1992 and 48/16 of 3
November 1993,
     Concerned that, since the adoption of its resolutions 47/19 and 48/16,
further measures of that nature aimed at strengthening and extending the
economic, commercial and financial embargo against Cuba continue to be
promulgated and applied, and concerned also about the adverse effects of such
measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries,
     1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General of 20 September
1994 on the implementation of resolution 48/16;
     2.   Reiterates its call to all States to refrain from promulgating and
applying laws and measures of the kind referred to in the preamble to the
present resolution in conformity with their obligations under the Charter of
the United Nations and international law which, inter alia, reaffirm the
freedom of trade and navigation;
     3.   Once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws
and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon
as possible in accordance with their legal regime;
     4.   Requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the appropriate
organs and agencies of the United Nations system, to prepare a report on the
implementation of the present resolution in the light of the purposes and
principles of the Charter and international law, and to submit it to the
General Assembly at its fiftieth session;
     5.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fiftieth session
the item entitled "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial
embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba".