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A blunt letter from the Cuban ambassador to the president of the Slovak Parliament has touched off a diplomatic rift with Europe-wide ramifications, officials said Friday.
The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said ambassador Caridad Milian was hauled over the coals last month for a letter she sent to Parliament chief Pavol Hrusovsky, in which she accused him of below-the-belt maneuvers to denigrate Cuba’s Communist revolution.
The envoy’s letter was in response to questions posed by Hrusovsky about the fate of political prisoners in Cuban jails. Hrusovsky is a leading member of the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba founded by former president Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic. Milian said in her letter that “the dignity and the morale of the Cuban people are certainly superior to the turpitude of people like you, who use defamation in an attempt to destroy the indestructible work of the Cuban revolution.”
We told her that such wording was unacceptable to us, and we asked her not to do it again,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Juraj Tomaga.
The revelation of the incident comes at a time when the European Union is divided over the policy it should adopt toward Cuba following the recent release of several accused dissidents, including poet Raul Rivero.
The Spanish government is calling for a resumption of dialogue with Cuba, but other countries including the Netherlands, Denmark and the Czech Republic want a continuation of diplomatic sanctions, imposed last year following the execution of three Cubans for trying to flee to the United States.