The Obama administration has concluded that it must oppose a UN resolution criticising the US economic embargo against Cuba, an American official familiar with the process said on Wednesday, because the draft in its current form does not “fully reflect” the new spirit of engagement between the former cold war foes.

The official left open the possibility that the US would change its position, in the unlikely event Cuba amends the text. Officials had been hoping for a compromise that would allow the US to abstain, an unprecedented step that would effectively pit Barack Obama’s administration with the world body against the Republican-led Congress, which has refused to repeal the 54-year embargo.

The UN general assembly vote is on 27 October and Cuba will win overwhelmingly. Such resolutions are unenforceable, but the annual ritual serves to highlight Washington’s overwhelming isolation on the issue and frame the “blockade”, as the Cubans call it, as illegitimate. Last year’s tally was 188-2, with only Israel siding with the United States...



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