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Organization of American States: Revocation of Resolution Barring Cuba’s Membership

(July 28, 2009) On June 3, 2009, during the third plenary meeting of its 39th regular session, held in Honduras, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) abrogated Resolution VI, which had dissolved Cuba's membership in the organization. General Assembly Resolution 2438 effected the abrogation of Resolution VI, which had been adopted at the Eighth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Uruguay in January 1962.

Resolution 2438 specifically provides: “Resolution VI, adopted on January 31, 1962 … hereby ceases to have effect” in the OAS. It also provides that “the participation of the Republic of Cuba in the OAS will be the result of a process of dialogue initiated at the request of the Government of Cuba, and in accordance with the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS.” (Declarations and Resolutions Adopted by the General Assembly, AG/RES. 2438 (XXXIX-O/09),Organization of American States website, available at

On the same day of June 3, 2009, Cuba rejected the invitation to rejoin the OAS. Cuban officials stated, “Cuba has not asked [to return] nor does it wish to return to the OAS, which is filled with a dismal and submissive history, but recognizes the political value, the symbolism and rebelliousness involved in this decision driven by the popular Governments of Latin America.” (Mauricio Vicent, Cuba rechaza entrar en la OEA después de 47 años [Cuba refuses to rejoin the OEA after 47 years], ELPAÍS.COM, June 4, 2009, available at