Cuba Friday accused Europe of bowing to American pressure after a U.S.-owned hotel in Norway’s capital refused to lodge a Cuban delegation.
The Scandic Edderkoppen hotel, owned since March 2006 by the U.S.-based Hilton Hotels Corp., declined to book rooms for a Cuban tourism delegation because of U.S. trade sanctions against Cuba.
“Helms-Burton rules in Europe,” the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma said in a front-page story that slammed the Norwegian hotel for what it said was kowtowing to Washington.
The 1996 Helms-Burton law, which codified trade and financial sanctions enforced since 1962 against Fidel Castro’s communist government, bans U.S. companies and subsidiaries from doing business with Cuba.
The 14-member Cuban delegation planned to stay at the Oslo hotel next week while attending a travel fair. Delegates were expected to lodge elsewhere in the capital.
Last year the U.S.-owned Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City expelled a delegation of 16 Cubans to comply with U.S. sanctions against Cuba.
The decision sparked protests in Mexico and led authorities to slap the hotel with a $112,000 fine.