LATIN AMERICA: No to Cuba in Quito

In diplomacy, as in horse racing, sure things sometimes end up as also-rans. Before the start of last week's meeting in Quito of foreign ministers representing the Organization of American States, several Latin American diplomats were confidently passing the word that the OAS would vote to end the diplomatic and economic quarantine it slapped on Cuba in 1964. They were wrong. On the balloting, three nations (Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile) voted no, six (including the U.S.) abstained, and twelve were in favor—two less than the two-thirds majority necessary for passage.

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