Friday, September 17, 2010

Cuban foreign minister "beckons" Obama to apologize to the Dictatorship


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Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:29

El canciller cubano, Bruno Rodríguez
Cuba on Wednesday accused U.S. President, Barack Obama, of violating the expectations of "change''in the bilateral relationship and tightening the embargo in force for half a century, calling it a" piece of Cold War Museum.''

By AFP

LA HABANA

"The embargo policy in the past two years under the government of President Obama, has not changed at all (...) is hardened, has been strengthened,''said Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to release the report against however, that on October 26 presented to the UN General Assembly.
According to Rodriguez, Obama could draw on executive authority to ease the embargo, but in his two years in office more fines applied his Republican predecessor George Bush to companies and banks dealing with Cuba.
"He talked about a new beginning with Cuba, spoke of changing the relationship. There is a void, an abyss, a fundamental contradiction between the speech of President Obama and his actions in connection with the island'',''said the chancellor.
Obama also eased travel of scholars, artists and religious, as did fellow Democrat Bill Clinton, and still does not allow Americans to travel freely to Cuba, said Rodriguez.
The U.S. president "has been on policy toward Cuba and particularly the policy of blockade and subversion, below the expectations that had been created in the international community and the American public itself,''the minister Cuban.
Washington, the domestic opposition and Cuban exiles say that Havana use of "pretext to justify''the seizure of its inefficiency in managing the economy, leading to shortages Cubans to happen daily.
Undersecretary of State for Latin America, Arturo Valenzuela, said the plan of President Raul Castro to eliminate state 500,000 jobs between October and March 2011, and expand private enterprise "demonstrates a recognition''of the" failure''of the model island's economic.
"The Cuban authorities will have to see how they move forward on these issues,''Valenzuela said Tuesday in Miami, saying that Washington currently" does not include''the lifting of the embargo as a way to encourage economic development on the island.
"Several U.S. government spokesmen have said the United States will not lift the blockade. They lose an opportunity, they are wrong, persist in a mistake,''said Rodriguez.
The Chancellor said that the embargo is the main obstacle to Cuba's development and leaves more than 100,000 million dollars in losses since it began to be implemented in 1962.
He insisted that this policy prevents the normalization of bilateral relations, reacting to the assertion that the case Valenzuela of U.S. contractor Alan Gross, arrested in Havana since last December 4 on charges of espionage, is a stumbling block to progress on measures concerning Cuba.
"The U.S. blockade against Cuba is a unilateral act and should be lifted immediately and unconditionally also unilaterally,''the chancellor.
Obama promised to change relations with Cuba, authorized the sending of remittances to the island and travel by Cuban Americans, but said he would not lift the embargo while the island's communist government does not advance human rights and freedoms.
"The blockade is a policy not only criminal, but a direct remnant of the Cold War, was never justified, but at times is much less justification, is a museum piece of the Cold War,''said the chancellor.
The embargo is a framework of measures to impose restrictions on commercial, financial and economic relations with the United States and third countries, and also affects other areas such as culture, sport and science.

F: AFP / El Nuevo Herald / Dispatch Cuba Libre Digital / Front Line LPPNEWS simultaneous translations-Last updated on Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:32 

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