United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

12 November 1996


                                                   57th plenary meeting
                                                   12 November 1996
            51/17. 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 or Government at the
Ibero-American Summits 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,
      Concerned about the continued promulgation and application by Member
States of laws and regulations, such as the one promulgated on 12 March 1996
known as the "Helms-Burton Act", the extraterritorial effects of which affect
the sovereignty of other States, the legitimate interests of entities or
persons under their jurisdiction and the freedom of trade and navigation,
      Taking note of declarations and resolutions of different
intergovernmental forums, bodies and Governments which express the rejection
by the international community and public opinion of the promulgation and
application of regulations of the kind referred to above,
      Recalling its resolutions 47/19 of 24 November 1992, 48/16 of 3 November
1993, 49/9 of 26 October 1994 and 50/10 of 2 November 1995,
      Concerned that, since the adoption of its resolutions 47/19, 48/16, 49/9
and 50/10, 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
      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the
implementation of resolution 50/10;
      2.    Reiterates its call on 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 fifty-second session;
      5.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-second
session the item entitled "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and
financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba".