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DIPLOMATS AT U.N. ELECT CUBA TO SECURITY COUNCIL

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Cuba was elected Wednesday to the Security Council for the first time since its revolution 30 years ago.

Diplomats said Cuba's election was a sign of increasing respectability and importance for the communist nation still shunned by the U.S. government and subjected to a trade embargo.The U.S. government, which did not openly oppose Cuba's seating, said it hoped the Havana government would act constructively on the council. It called on Cuba to respect the Central American peace accords and not to interfere with military or covert aid in regional affairs.

Washington has accused Cuba of subversion and military involvement in Latin America as well as in Africa.