United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 November 1996


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 27


              [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.15)]

            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

      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 countries,

      1.    Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General 1/ 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".

                                                          57th plenary meeting
                                                              12 November 1996


1/     A/51/355 and Add.1.


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