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Scandic Edderkoppen hotel in Norway denies rooms to Cuban delegation

Posted January 06, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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Reuters

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.

Member Comments

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On January 06, 2007, publisher wrote:

What a retarded US policy and people wonder why anti-American sentiment is growing around the world.

I hope Scandic Edderkoppen hotel gets LOTS of heat locally and internationally for this stupid move.

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On January 06, 2007, captain c wrote:

Mr.  PUBLISHER,  Yes the “” LOTS OF HEAT “”  has already started.  Please check ” theglobeandmail.com ”  Jan/05 .  The 84 comments are also an interesting read.

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On January 06, 2007, publisher wrote:

Captain C,

Thanks for the note. Here is the link so other readers and read the story:

Read the story here

Be sure to click on the comments link at the bottom of the story to read the comments.

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On January 07, 2007, Varsi Padayachee wrote:

Another childish and infantile policy. Certainly tells the world, and our citizens how adult our Foreign Policy is. A similar incident occurred in Mexico City last year, involving the Sheraton Hotel. Perhaps, it is time the world started to push back, and I, for one, would like to hear these hotel chains cry foul. Remember when Coca Cola was banned in India? Every govt. official and their mother-in-law was up in arms, screaming retaliation. Coke was allowed back, only on India’s terms. It is time US companies started to feel the heat.