An April 23 Russian commentary suggested that the rejection by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights of a U.S.-sponsored measure to censure Havana on human rights grounds represented a serious defeat for U.S. diplomacy. The commentary noted, moreover, that sanctions imposed on Cuba by Washington following the February 24 downing of two U.S. civilian aircraft were subjected to criticism during the session in Geneva. Although Moscow abstained from voting on the U.S.-sponsored measure, a member of the Russian delegation nevertheless said that Havana’s human rights record needed improving. But he suggested that that process could not begin until the U.S. embargo on Cuba was lifted. (Itar-Tass, April 23)
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