Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo said on Friday (8) that Brazil's contrary vote to the resolution condemning the UN embargo on Cuba is a paradigm shift.
Brazil voted against a United Nations resolution condemning and calling for an end to the US embargo on Cuba, altering a diplomatic stance adopted since 1992, when it first voted to condemn the embargo.
The resolution was voted on Thursday (7) in the plenary of the UN General Assembly and was adopted by 187 votes in favor, 3 against, and 2 abstentions. Apart from Brazil, the only countries that voted against the resolution were Israel and the United States itself. Colombia and Ukraine abstained.
“We think this stance, while Brazil always rejects unilateralism in any circumstance of this nature, we think it is absolutely imperative to break a paradigm that has existed for almost 60 years in the multilateral environment, which is a paradigm of a certain and incomprehensible prestige that Cuba enjoys in this context, ”said Araújo, after receiving foreign affairs ministers from the Itamaraty Palace in the Lima Group. .
According to Araújo, Cuba plays a “harmful role” in Venezuela and supports illicit activities, from the commission of crimes to the reception of terrorist organizations.
“We think it is essential in all instances to draw attention to this role that Cuba has played for 60 years, not only in Venezuela, in its attempt to export dictatorship to practically all of Latin America. And our vote must be understood accordingly, "he said.