United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
November 1, 2017
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN General Assembly meeting on Cuba. For the 25th time in 26 years, the United States voted against the annual resolution criticizing U.S. policy toward Cuba.
“As long as the Cuban people continue to be deprived of their human rights and fundamental freedoms – as long as the proceeds from trade with Cuba go to prop up the dictatorial regime responsible for denying those rights – the United States does not fear isolation in this chamber or anywhere else. Our principles are not up for a vote. They are enshrined in our Constitution. They also happen to be enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. As long as we are members of the United Nations, we will stand for respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms that the Member States of this body have pledged to protect, even if we have to stand alone.”
“The United States opposes this resolution today in continued solidarity with the Cuban people and in the hope that they will one day be free to choose their own destiny. We might stand alone today. But when the day of freedom comes for the Cuban people – and it will come – we will rejoice with them as only a free people can.”