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    NAIROBI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's diplomatic clout will re-energize the push for a total ban on ivory trade during the upcoming Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES), Kenyan officials said on Monday.



    Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Judi Wakhungu said Kenya is counting on China to back its push for a total ban on ivory trade at the CITES meeting to be held in Johannesburg from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5.



    Kenya has developed fourteen proposals that call for concerted efforts to protect rare flora and fauna from extinction linked to human actions and climate shocks.



    According to Wakhungu, Kenya will lobby the international community to lift the status of African elephant from Appendix two to one, given the grave threats facing the giant mammals.



    "A coalition of 28 African elephant range states has supported our proposal calling for renowned attention to the dire plight of these mammals linked to poaching," said Wakhungu.



    "The presidents of China and the United States last year made a commitment to promote wildlife protection in Africa. We are hopeful this gesture will inject fresh impetus in the push for total ban on ivory trade in both domestic and overseas markets," Wakhungu said.



    She added that the torching of 105 tonnes of elephant tusks and 1.03 tonnes of rhino horns by President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 30th this year reaffirmed Kenya's uncompromising stand against illegal trade in wildlife products.



    Margaret Mwakima, principal secretary in the state department of natural resources, said poaching in Kenya has declined by 90 percent in the last two years thanks to support from bilateral allies such as China.

    Photo taken on Nov. 1 Wholesale Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jersey , 2017 shows the view of United Nations General Assembly Hall as Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla addresses the Assembly's meeting at the UN headquarters in New York. The United States on Wednesday voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution that calls for the lifting of the U.S. economic and trade embargo on Cuba. (XinhuaUN PhotoCia Pak)

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Wednesday voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution that calls for the lifting of the U.S. economic and trade embargo on Cuba.



    The draft resolution was approved 191-2, with the United States and Israel being the only countries that voted against it.



    In a hawkish speech to the General Assembly prior to the vote Wholesale Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey , U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley blamed Havana for the embargo.



    "For the 25th time in 26 years, the United States will vote against this resolution," Haley told the assembly.



    She accused Havana of using the General Assembly vote every year "as a shiny object to distract the world's attention from the destruction it has inflicted on its own people and on others in the Western Hemisphere."



    "As long as the Cuban people continue to be deprived of their human rights and fundamental freedoms Wholesale Miami Marlins Jersey , 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 (of the General Assembly) or anywhere else."



    Haley said the General Assembly has no power to end the decades-old embargo. It is based in U.S. law, which only the U.S. Congress can change Wholesale Milwaukee Brewers Jersey , she said. Haley scorned the General Assembly vote as "political theater" and a waste of time.



    Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla fought back, saying the U.S. blockade is "a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of all Cubans" and qualifies as "an act of genocide."



    "The human damage caused by the implementation of this policy are incalculable. There is not a single Cuban family or social service that has not suffered the deprivations and consequences resulting from the blockade Wholesale Minnesota Twins Jersey ," he told the assembly prior to the vote.



    When explaining the "no" vote after the adoption of the resolution, Haley's deputy said that the Cuban government is to blame for the country's economic failure.



    "Even if the U.S. Congress lifted the embargo today, Cubans would not be able to realize their potential without significant political Wholesale New York Mets Jersey , economic, and social reforms by their own government," said Michele Sison. "This resolution is a distraction from the real problems facing the Cuban people. Therefore Wholesale New York Yankees Jersey , the United States strongly opposes it."



    The United States abstained last year in a similar vote at the General Assembly. Haley explained that the about-face is because the election of Donald Trump as new president and herself as new UN ambassador.



    "To those who are confused as to where the United States stands, let me be clear: as is their right under our constitution, the American people have spoken. They have chosen a new president Wholesale Oakland Athletics Jersey , and he has chosen a new ambassador to the United Nations."



    The Group of 77 (G77) of developing countries regretted the new policy of Trump aimed at strengthening the embargo against Cuba.



    "The group believes this is a setback in the process of achieving normalized relations between the two countries," said Diego Morejon Pazmino, the Ecuadorian ambassador to the United Nations Wholesale Philadelphia Phillies Jersey , on behalf of the G77 and China.



    The G77 and China expressed their deep concern about the prolonged negative effects that the economic sanctions and travel restrictions have had on Cuba and its people.



    From April 2016 to June this year, the impact of the U.S. embargo on Cuba's foreign trade amounts to more than 4 billion U.S. dollars. Limited foreign investment and difficult access to development credits translate directly into economic hardship and humanitarian impacts for the people of Cuba, the Ecuadorian ambassador told the General Assembly.



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