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Posted April 19, 2005 by mattlawrence in Cuba Human Rights

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Several Cuban exile groups that have had differing agendas have come together to lay out a transition plan for Cuba after Castro.

Posted on Tue, Apr. 19, 2005


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A group of Cuban exiles—known to have to vastly divergent political and ideological views—have set aside their differences to craft an 18-point blueprint of how the island should be governed after Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Representatives from 16 groups, including the Cuban American National Foundation, Agenda Cuba, the Cuba Study Group and members of the clergy, spent months working up the template called ``Pillars for a Cuban Consensus.’‘

‘‘This is extremely important,’’ said Jorge Mas Santos, chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation.

``This sends a message that we are united and a very direct message to the international community that the Cuban community has the ability to dictate our own future.’‘

Among the ideals set forth by the group: the right of all Cubans—both on the island and abroad—to participate in the island’s political future; the elimination of the death penalty and the release of all political prisoners; amnesty for political crimes ‘‘within the boundaries established by international law’‘; and unrestricted travel for Cubans to and from the island.

The groups also advocate the signing over of titles of residential properties confiscated by the government to current tenants, and they support allowing former owners or descendants to claim compensation for those properties from the state.

The seed to craft a formal transition plan was planted during a Cuba conference in Rome in October.

While a broad range of political ideals were represented, the most conservative—and arguably among the most influential—groups did not participate, including the Cuban Liberty Council and Cuba Democracy Advocates.

There is an ongoing effort to reach out to those groups, said Alfredo Mesa, executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation.

Despite the absence of the most conservative voices, the meetings often were fraught with tension.

‘‘Lucky for us there were some priests to participate as facilitators,’’ said Carlos Saladrigas, co-chair of the Cuba Study Group.

‘‘The beautiful thing about the process is that it was almost like a little group-therapy session where everyone’s points of views were aired in a healthy way,’’ Saladrigas said.

And that’s the point, Saladrigas said.

‘‘The true essence of a democracy is the ability to debate issues without fear of retribution,’’ Saladrigas said. ``I think this plan sends a clear message of hope and vision for the people of Cuba.’‘

  1. Follow up post #1 added on April 19, 2005 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Great post Matt but this is another lame and sad attempt by CANF to pretend that they are relevant to Cuba’ future.

    1. “to participate in the island’ political future”

    means Cuban exiles will return to Cuba so they can so they can tell Cubans how to run their country.

    2. “and they support allowing former owners or descendants to claim compensation for those properties from the state”

    means they will go back to Cuba with lawyers.

    Sad that Cuban exiles have plans to “invade” Cuba with their own ideas and the belief that they know how to create and run a free country when for decades they have only RESTRICTED freedom of Americans to trade with and travel to Cuba.

    CANF is and will be meaningless in Cuba.

    Just my two cents.

    Cuba consulting services

  2. Follow up post #2 added on April 19, 2005 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    Touche Publisher,well said!

    Reality will kick CANF and other organizations like CANF on the backside really hard one day.

    For some reason these fools believe the Cuban people “IN” Cuba will welcome them with open arms,which WILL NOT be the case!

    If they were to make such moves they will only have history repeat it’ self,a revolution will certainly take place once again,it’ been the Cuban way even before Castro and it should remain the same way even after Castro.

    What these egomaniacs forget to remember is that it has been “Them” and their support for the embargo and restrictions that has held Cuba back for 40+ years,the saddest part of it all is that they do not realize this as those in Cuba live and breath it every day!

    Cuban civil war COMING SOON!


  3. Follow up post #3 added on April 19, 2005 by Dana Garrett with 252 total posts

    “...an 18-point blueprint of how the island should be governed after Cuban President Fidel Castro”

    Another trip to fantasy land. 

  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 19, 2005 by jesusp with 246 total posts

    In 1961 at 20 years of age I attended meetings of this kind in Miami. Here I am 44 years later and in Miami they are still having the same meetings about the same thing. In 44 years not one Cuban exile has had a constructive idea or plan to effect change in Cuba. Now they talk about a “transition plan”. As far as I know Fidel and the leadership have no plans for leaving Cuba, so my question is, who is going to make this transition happen?

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