Diplomats: US expected to abstain on UN vote on Cuba embargo
WASHINGTON - Diplomats say the United States is expected to abstain - for the first time - from a U.N. resolution criticizing America's economic embargo against Cuba.
Such a step would effectively pit the Obama administration, with the United Nations, against the Republican-led Congress, which supports the 55-year-old embargo despite the United States' resumption of full diplomatic relations with Cuba.
The diplomats say the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, will explain the decision shortly before the General Assembly vote Wednesday.
The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The U.S. has always voted against the annual resolution condemning the embargo.
An abstention would be in keeping with the administration's position that the embargo should be lifted as part normalization relations with Cuba.