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Posted November 29, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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Cuba has called for an end to sanctions imposed on it by the European Union (EU) to pave the way for improving bilateral relations, Spanish news agency EFE said Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Eumelio Caballero told a gathering here Wednesday that Havana appreciated the willingness expressed by the EU Council of Ministers to hold a comprehensive and open dialogue with Cuba, but denounced the political sanctions imposed by the bloc and called the so-called ‘common position’ adopted in 1996 ‘interference’.

The 27-member EU has put Cuba under political sanctions in 2003 to protest Havana’s repression of dissidents and the execution of three men who attempted to hijack a passenger ferry for a voyage to the US.

‘In light of such conditions, it is not possible to sustain a respectful dialogue among equals, and so it is essential that (there be) the definitive and unconditional elimination of the sanctions,’ Caballero said at the conference.

Many observers expect acting president Raul Castro, who stepped in nearly 16 months ago when elder brother Fidel was stricken with a serious illness, to try to reform and invigorate Cuba’s economy without relinquishing the Communist Party’s monopoly on power.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on November 29, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Maybe Raul should release some political prisoners THEN ask the EU to ease up on the sanctions.

    Is it just me or do I need to tell Raul that?



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on December 01, 2007 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    The Cuban government is NOT interested in lifting the embargo. When ever they had say so they had lied.

    They are not stupid they know that the worst thin that can happen to them is the Cuban Americans and Americans freely visiting Cuba and investing money there. The average Cuba would see that there is another life out there and actually much better than the one they got with Castro.

    That’s why I am against the embargo because in keeping it the American Government is playing the Castro son.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on December 03, 2007 by Cubana with 282 total posts

    What sanctions? All these “sanctions” are is a refusal of “high level” ministers of EU governments to visit the island. Didn’t stop the Spanish foreign minister from visiting the island.


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