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In Cuba, Hopeful Tenor Toward Obama Is Ebbing


Published: December 30, 2009
HAVANA — The Obama honeymoon here is over.
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Jose Goitia for The New York Times
A billboard in Havana in 2004 placed President George W. Bush alongside Adolph Hitler.
When President Obama came to office, the unflattering billboards of George W. Bush, including one outside the United States Interests Section of him scowling alongside Hitler, came down and the anti-American vitriol softened. Raúl Castro, who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006, even raised the possibility of a face-to-face meeting with Mr. Obama, which would have been the first time one of the Castros met with a sitting American president.
But the tenor here has changed considerably, and Mr. Obama, whose election was broadly celebrated by Cuba’s racially diverse population, is now being portrayed by this nation’s leaders as an imperialistic, warmongering Cuba hater.
“As things appear now, there will be no big change in the relationship in the near future,” said Ricardo Alarcón, the president of Cuba’s National Assembly. He dismissed the Obama administration’s recent steps, like loosening restrictions on Cuban Americans’ traveling or sending money to the island and allowing American telecommunications companies to do business there, as “minor changes.”
The two countries have postponed the talks they restarted at the beginning of the Obama administration to discuss migration, postal delivery and other issues, blaming each other for the delays. In the absence of talks, Mr. Obama’s carrot-and-stick approach of relaxing some Bush-era policies while continuing to denounce the Castro government on human rights has failed to engage — and perhaps has enraged — the Cuban leadership.
While Raúl Castro repeated the offer to meet with Mr. Obama in a fiery speech recently, he also blasted the Obama administration for “undercover subversion” against Cuba and warned that his nation was ready for any American invasion. In one of his recent written commentaries in the state press, Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public in nearly three years, wrote that Mr. Obama’s “friendly smile and African-American face” masked his sinister intentions to control Latin America.
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla also recently accused Mr. Obama of behaving like an “imperial chief” at the climate change talks in Copenhagen, displaying “arrogant” behavior aimed at quashing developing countries.
“It’s unfortunate,” Wayne S. Smith, a former American diplomat in Havana, said of the rising tensions. “There was and still is potential for the Obama administration to change relations with Cuba. These comments coming out of Havana don’t help.”
Mr. Obama is the 11th president from what the Cubans call “El Imperio,” or “The Empire,” that the Castros have jousted with since the revolution a half century ago. And given that the Cubans have used Washington as a foil for so long, some of the high-voltage criticism of Mr. Obama is chalked up by some Cuba analysts as merely Havana’s normal stance when it comes to the United States. It is only a matter of time before the first anti-Obama billboard goes up, some experts speculate.
Mr. Alarcón, the National Assembly president, did give Mr. Obama credit for using language that is “more peaceful, and civilized and open” than his predecessor. But he said that it was clear to him that the White House was too distracted with other issues to make Cuba a priority.
Others in the Cuban government take matters further, maintaining that Mr. Obama, despite some initial steps toward rapprochement, has continued to follow the Bush administration’s goal of toppling the Communist leadership. “In the last few weeks we have witnessed the stepping up of the new administration’s efforts in this area,” Raúl Castro told Cuba’s National Assembly during its annual session on Dec. 19. “They are giving new breath to open and undercover subversion against Cuba.”
He was referring to the detention this month of an American contractor distributing cellphones, laptops and satellite equipment in Cuba on behalf of the Obama administration. The Cubans have accused the contractor, whose identity has not been made public, of giving the equipment to civil society groups in Cuba without permission. For its part, the Obama administration complains that Raúl Castro is running the island exactly like his brother did, without fundamental freedoms and with continued abuses against political opponents. But Cuban officials say Washington’s insistence on more democracy in Cuba continues an old pattern of meddling in their country’s sovereign affairs.
“If the American government really wants to advance relations with Cuba, I recommend they leave behind the conditions of internal governance that they are trying to impose on us and that only Cubans can decide,” Raúl Castro said in his assembly speech.
Cuba continues to press its own issues with the United States, arguing, for instance, that Mr. Obama ought to immediately pardon five Cuban agents, known on the island as the Cuban Five, who are serving long prison terms in the United States for gathering information about Cuban exile groups in south Florida.

Mr. Alarcón reiterated a proposal that Raúl Castro has made on more than one occasion: the exchange of political prisoners in Cuba for the five Cubans held in the United States
The Cubans also insist that the Obama administration extradite to Venezuela Luis Posada Carriles, an anti-Castro militant accused of helping to blow up a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 people. Mr. Posada, who is living in Miami on bail, faces charges in federal court in Texas for making what the government says were false statements to immigration officials. An immigration judge has ruled that he cannot be sent to Venezuela, a close ally of Cuba, because he faces a high likelihood of torture there.
“With the previous administration, it didn’t make sense to talk about anything,” said Mr. Alarcón. “This administration came to office pledging to change and to improve relations. Obama has nothing to do with the past but he’s finished his first year and so far nothing has happened with these issues.”
Mr. Smith, now a Cuba analyst at the Center for International Policy who advocates a lifting of the American trade and travel bans on Cuba, was supposed to accompany Barry McCaffrey, a retired American Army general, on a trip to Havana from Jan. 3 to 6 to discuss how the two countries could cooperate on fighting drug trafficking. But General McCaffrey pulled out, incensed by recent criticisms of Mr. Obama by Cuban officials.
“This type of shallow and vitriolic 1960s public diplomacy also makes Cuban leadership appear to be nonserious, polemical amateurs,” he said in a letter to Mr. Smith. “President Obama is the most thoughtful and nonideological U.S. chief executive that the Cubans have seen in 50 years.”
At the same time, still hopeful that the two countries can put their grudges aside, Mr. Smith said the United States should continue efforts to improve relations by removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, for instance, and by closing Radio Martí and TV Martí, the anti-Castro broadcasts financed by the United States government and sent from American soil to Cuba.
Some Cuban exiles, however, argue that Mr. Obama has gone far enough and that it is Cuba’s turn to make a meaningful gesture.
Source: New York Times

Oh those arrogant thick headed liberals

A church group from Portland is denied entry by Cuban authorities, detained, and sent back to Mexico and whom do they blame?  Not the Stalinist regime responsible, but the unfortunate American held in a Cuban prison accused of trying to “destabilize” said regime.   How rude!  After all, this church group loves Cuba; they’ve never had a problem in the past.
Pssst!  Guess what useful idiot Americans; you’ve been used by the dictator.  How does it feel?
The brief detention in Havana, Cuba, last week of a Portland, Oregon, church group comes on the heels of the detention of an American contractor and could indicate an increasingly chilly reception for some American visitors, according to the church travelers.
The December 26 trip for 14 members of the First Unitarian Church of Portland is a reminder of the entrenched tensions between Cuba and the United States despite the Obama administration's loosening of previous restrictions.
The church group was traveling on a U.S.-issued license and planned to do humanitarian work. The group was denied entry to Cuba. Part of the group spent the night detained inside the Havana airport before being put on a plane to Mexico, the church's social justice minister, the Rev. Kate Lore, told CNN.
"I don't blame the Cuban government, or our government, but I truly believe something has to be done to normalize relations," Jones said.
The nine others who had already passed through customs faced additional questioning and were detained inside the airport overnight, Carol Slegers, who was part of that group, told CNN.
Later, it was learned that Cuban authorities considered imprisoning them, she said. Instead, they were left to find a place to sleep on the floor of the airport.
The group ended up sleeping underneath a staircase, using fabric they brought for the clothes-making project as sheets, Slegers said. The next morning, they were put on a plane to Mexico.
The Cuban officials "were rude and cold and indifferent," Slegers said. "It was very psychologically disarming."
Read the whole convoluted thing here.

Source : babalú

Confounded by Pope John Paul II

Saturday, January 2, 2010
This may not be the most appropriate post during the Christmas season.

However, the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper recently published an interview with Cardinal Roberto Tucci, who was in charge of Pope John Paul II's numerous (and historic) trips around the world.

Amongst his anecdotes, Tucci recalls a trip to Chile in 1987, where Pope John Paul II became infuriated with former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The Pope had been an ardent critic of Pinochet and did not want to appear in public with him. Yet Pinochet tricked him into appearing together on the balcony of the Presidential Palace in Santiago.

Pope John Paul II's rejection of the Pinochet dictatorship, not to mention his opposition to the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe, is nothing less than admirable.

However, our Cuba-centric focus leads us to ask:

Was Pinochet more of a dictator than Fidel Castro?

No.

Did Pinochet execute more people than Fidel Castro?

No.

Did Pinochet repress religion more than Fidel Castro?

Quite the contrary.

So then, why was the Pope so willing to appear publicly with Fidel Castro during his 1998 visit to Cuba? Was he just older and less confrontational by that time? Or did Fidel trick him also?

Confounding indeed, for a dictator is a dictator.



Updated January 02, 2010

Obama Links Terror Plot Suspect to Al Qaeda

AP

In his weekly Internet and radio address, the president said Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula "trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America."
HONOLULU - President Barack Obama laid blame Saturday on an Al Qaeda affiliate for a Christmas Day terrorist attack that has prompted a top-to-bottom review of how the nation's intelligence agencies failed to prevent the botched bombing aboard a Detroit-bound airliner.
In his most direct public language to date, the president described the path through Yemen of 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused of trying to destroy Northwest Flight 253. The president also emphasized that the United States would continue its partnerships with friendly countries -- citing Yemen, in particular -- to fight terrorists and extremist groups around the globe.
Obama's homeland security team has been piecing together just how Abdulmutallab was able to board the plane. Officials have described flaws in the system and by those executing the strategy and have delivered a preliminary assessment.
A senior administration official had said the United States was increasingly confident there was a link between Abdulmutallab and an Al Qaeda affiliate, but Obama's statement is the strongest connection between the two.
"We're learning more about the suspect," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the White House released on Saturday as the president vacationed in Hawaii.
"We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of Al Qaeda, and that this group -- Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America," the president said.
Officials have said Abdulmutallab's father warned the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria that his son had drifted into extremism in the Al Qaeda hotbed of Yemen. Abdulmutallab's threat was only partially digested by the U.S. security apparatus and not linked with a visa history showing the young man could fly to the United States.
Obama has ordered a thorough look at the shortcomings that permitted the plot, which failed not because of U.S. actions but because the would-be attacker was unable to ignite an explosive device.
Intelligence officials prepared for what was shaping up to be uncomfortable hearings before Congress about miscommunication among anti-terror agencies and sweeping changes expected under Obama's watch. The president has been vocal in his criticism of the agencies and against extremists who would harm the United States.
"This is not the first time this group has targeted us," Obama said. "In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies, including our embassy in 2008, killing one American."
"So, as president, I've made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government -- training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike Al Qaeda terrorists," he said.
The United States provided Yemen $67 million in training and support under the Pentagon's counterterrorism program last year. Only Pakistan got more, with some $112 million.
Obama said the money had been well spent: "Training camps have been struck, leaders eliminated, plots disrupted. And all those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas must know -- you too will be held to account."
At the same time, administration officials warned this week that Obama also would hold accountable his own government. To that end, Obama has summoned homeland security officials from across the government to meet with him in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday.
Obama was expected to run the meeting and press his team on how they missed what appears to be clear connections.
January 01, 2010Fri, 01 Jan 2010 18:42:14 GMT1:01 PM EST
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Military Option?

January 01, 2010Fri, 01 Jan 2010 18:42:14 GMT1:01 PM EST
Strategy for attacking terror in Yemen?
Source: FOX NEWS



Napolitano announces international airport security campaign

By Tony Romm - 12/31/09 04:30 PM ET
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday announced it would launch a campaign next week to strengthen security screening procedures at a host of international airports.

The effort is part of the White House's heightened response to a Christmas Day attempt to bomb Delta Flight 253 in Detroit, a flight that originated in Amsterdam.



“As part of the ongoing review to determine exactly what went wrong leading up to Friday’s attempted terrorist attack, we are looking not only at our own processes, but also beyond our borders to ensure effective aviation security measures are in place for U.S-bound flights that originate at international airports,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement Thursday.Senior Homeland Security officials will meet with leaders at major airports in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East in the coming weeks "to review security procedures and technology being used to screen passengers on flights bound for the United States," the department announced this afternoon. Napolitano said she would follow up on those meetings with her own "ministerial level" discussions.
Europe will be the first leg of the wide outreach effort, where U.S. officials will brief their European counterparts "on the findings of President Obama’s aviation security review," which he ordered last week, according to the department.
The secretary did not provide any other schedule or meeting details.
White House officials have scrambled since Christmas Day to assure passengers that air travel is safe, a mission that has resulted in a host of new security rules on international flights that land in the United States.
Some countries have since followed suit, announcing they would require international passengers to pass through full-body scanners prior to boarding their planes. But U.S. officials perhaps still hope to spearhead a larger, more unified effort to increase airport security.
Source: Drudge Report

Callada celebración por el aniversario de la revolución


LA HABANA

Cuba celebró el viernes con austeridad 51 años de la revolución de Fidel Castro, en el inicio de un 2010 que se vislumbra difícil por la crisis económica, y de retorno al enfrentamiento con Estados Unidos tras cerrar el período de gracia que dio a Barack Obama.
Modestas fiestas tienen lugar en pueblos de la isla y 21 salvas de artillería se detonaron a la medianoche en la Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña en La Habana, para conmemorar, en coincidencia con el Año Nuevo, el día en que huyó el dictador Fulgencio Batista, derrocado por Fidel Castro y su ejército de rebeldes.
``Viva Fidel, viva Raúl, viva la revolución (...). Sin derecho a equivocarnos, viejas y nuevas batallas y retos nos esperan en el año que recién comienza, el cual también se prevé difícil'', subrayó un editorial leído en la emisora Radio Reloj, a modo de balance oficial.
Aún no trascendió ningún mensaje por la efeméride del ex gobernante Fidel Castro, quien aunque se alejó del gobierno cuando enfermó en julio de 2006, mantiene la influencia de su peso histórico y poderoso cargo de primer secretario del Partido Comunista.
Su hermano y sustituto en la presidencia, el general Raúl Castro se refirió a la conmemoración, en el discurso del 20 de diciembre ante el Parlamento, cuando anunció tiempos duros.
``En aras del fortalecimiento de nuestra sociedad socialista, estamos llamados a trabajar con más intensidad, disciplina y eficiencia, hacer crecer la agricultura, sustituir gastos con producción nacional y reducirlos en la esfera social, y elevar las exportaciones de bienes y servicios'', destacó el editorial parafraseando el discurso de Raúl.
Tras un crecimiento económico de 1.4 por ciento en el 2009 -se esperaba 6 por ciento en un inicio-, el gobierno prevé para el año 2010 una expansión de 1.9 por ciento, continuar un drástico plan de ahorro de energía, recortar el gasto social y dar prioridad a las inversiones en sectores que generan divisas, ante la grave crisis de liquidez que enfrenta la isla.
La economía cubana (95 por ciento en manos del Estado) encara serios problemas por la crisis internacional, las secuelas de tres huracanes en el 2008, el embargo de Estados Unidos, además del lastre de la ineficiencia productiva, la burocracia, la corrupción y el paternalismo.
``Han sido 51 años difíciles. La situación económica parece que viene más dura, ¡ay mi madre!'', exclamó Josefina, de 63 años, tirando un cubo de agua por la puerta de su casa en el barrio Luyanó, para alejar ``lo malo'' y atraer suerte y prosperidad.
La expectativa que creó Raúl Castro en el 2008, cuando anunció cambios, parece haberse esfumado ante el apretón económico, aunque en estas fechas volvieron rumores de medidas que espera la población, como la eliminación de la doble moneda, del permiso de salida del país o la liberación de compra y venta de casas.
``Salvo que ocurra un milagro, el año 2010 pudiera ser igual o peor, simplemente porque el gobierno no parece estar dispuesto a hacer las reformas que necesita el país para que mejore la situación de derechos civiles y políticos'', opinó el disidente Elizardo Sánchez.
Raúl Castro pide a los cubanos trabajo, disciplina y realismo, pero también unidad y no olvidar que, como recordó el editorial, deben estar ``alertas ante un imperialismo siempre activo'' que instiga a la oposición.
Ante el Parlamento, el presidente acusó a Obama de ``alentar la subversión'' en Cuba y de ``no renunciar a destruir la revolución y generar un cambio de nuestro régimen''.
Sin prometer eliminar el embargo, Obama liberó los viajes y el envío de remesas de cubanoestadounidenses, lo que este año permitió a muchas familias cubanas disfrutar las fiestas de fin año reunidas, e inició con la isla un diálogo sobre migración, suspendido desde el 2003.
Pero tras una tregua en la retórica confrontativa bilateral, el tono volvió a subir. Fidel Castro, de 83 años, y cuya salud en el 2009 pareció estabilizarse, publicó en el año 111 artículos en la prensa, muchos dedicados primero a elogiar y luego la mayoría a atacar a Obama, acusándolo de ``cinismo'' e ``hipocresía''.
Fuente AFP



Sábado , 02-01-10
LAS condiciones con las que el Gobierno español afronta el semestre de Presidencia europea están lejos de ser ideales. En el interior, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero padece una debilidad política que ratifican insistentemente las encuestas de opinión y es, con más de cuatro millones de parados, la economía más afectada por la crisis entre los países grandes. Hay que reconocer que la autoridad del presidente del Gobierno en la mayoría de los campos que estarán sobre la mesa este semestre no es su punto más fuerte, así que en cierto modo le favorece el hecho de que con la entrada en vigor del Tratado de Lisboa deberá compartir el protagonismo con el presidente permanente, Herman Van Rompuy, porque antes de resolver los problemas europeos hay que ocuparse de los domésticos.
A pesar de que los usos comunitarios exigen que la Presidencia centre sus esfuerzos en la búsqueda de un consenso general en lugar de aprovechar para poner en la agenda los asuntos de su interés particular, el Gobierno ha preparado un programa a la medida de su estilo político hasta en las relaciones internacionales. El caso más palmario es su insistencia en el intento de eliminar la posición común sobre Cuba que exige al régimen de La Habana reformas democráticas, un caso en el que el Partido Popular ha advertido acertadamente que no apoyará al Gobierno.
En otras condiciones, la gestión de Rodríguez Zapatero podría haber sido la ocasión que los socialistas europeos necesitan para levantar su moral, aprovechando además la confluencia con otras circunstancias de la situación internacional, como la presencia de un presidente demócrata al otro lado del Atlántico, aunque harían falta circunstancias extraordinarias que no se vislumbran en estos momentos para que los próximos seis meses le dieran al Gobierno el mismo relumbrón que los fuegos artificiales y los efectos luminosos que han saludado el comienzo del semestre español. Con tres ciudadanos secuestrados por Al Qaeda o la amenaza de acciones terroristas por parte de ETA que ha anunciado el ministro del Interior, la realidad es bastante más compleja que las invocaciones europeístas del presidente del Gobierno.
Fuente: ABC.es

Noticas rápidas...

Tres muertos y 40 heridos tras chocar un ómnibus contra un tren en Cuba

El accidente tuvo lugar en la madrugada de este viernes, cuando un ómnibus estatal de pasajeros que realizaba la ruta Santa Clara-Santiago de Cuba, en el este de la isla, impactó contra un tren de pasajeros.



Según la Agencia de Información Nacional, todos los afectados viajaban en el ómnibus, y hasta ahora sólo se ha podido identificar a dos de los fallecidos, un hombre de 40 años y una mujer de 80.
El informe divulgado por la Policía Nacional informó de que el choque se produjo cuando el conductor del autobús no se detuvo ante un paso a nivel que estaba señalizado en la vía.
Las autoridades también han informado de que tres de los heridos se encuentran en estado grave en un hospital de Bayamo, de que un grupo está bajo observación médica y otros accidentados ya fueron dados de alta. EFE
                                                        
Cubanos despiden año y festejan aniversario revolución

31 de Diciembre de 2009, 03:25pm ET

LA HABANA (AP) - Los cubanos despedirán el 2009 con sus tradicionales encuentros familiares y el 1 de enero arribarán al 51er aniversario de su revolución, que el 2010 tendrá como telón de fondo la crisis mundial y un anunciado ajuste en la economía isleña.
Por lo general los ciudadanos en los campos y ciudades de la isla suelen preparar su tradicional cena de puerco asado, con viandas hervidas y arroz "congrí" (con frijoles); mientras amigos se reúnen y los vecinos se saludan.
Cuando sean las 12 de la noche además de los brindis, miles de personas asomarán por puertas y ventanas a la calle para arrojar un cubo de agua, un viejo rito para atraer la buena suerte y prosperidad en el nuevo ciclo.
Las autoridades informaron que a esa misma hora en la capital se realizará una ceremonia militar en la que serán disparadas 21 salvas de artillería en saludo al aniversario 51 del triunfo de la revolución.













Medios de prensa oficiales publicaron sendos "mensajes" de organizaciones y sociales.
"Unidos continuaremos compartiendo la batalla", expresó el comunicado de la agrupación de Jóvenes Comunistas. "Contribuiremos a perfeccionar nuestro socialismo", agregó.
Para el viernes 1 de enero se programaron bailables y conciertos populares para celebrar el momento en el cual el dictador Fulgencio Batista huyó del país y el líder Fidel Castro junto a sus guerrilleros tomaron el poder en la isla, un punto de quiebre no solo para la isla sino para la historia del continente por el impacto que tuvo en la región y de cara a la vecina Estados Unidos.
Aunque la llegada este año del presidente Barack Obama fue considerada por algunos analistas como el inicio de una nueva era en las relaciones, los comentarios del presidente Raúl Castro parecen indicar que en el corto plazo no sucederá.
"El gobierno de Estados Unidos no renuncia a destruir la Revolución y generar un cambio de nuestro régimen económico y social", aseguró el mandatario cubano hace apenas dos semanas ante los parlamentarios. Incluso ratificó "la sincera voluntad de Cuba" de solucionar el diferendo con Estados Unidos pero "partir de un diálogo respetuoso, entre iguales, sobre cualquier asunto, sin menoscabo para nuestra independencia, soberanía y autodeterminación".
Paralelamente quedó claro que la isla apuesta por sus fortalecer su sociedad con los países de la Alianza Bolivariana para las Américas (ALBA) y en particular Venezuela con la cual tiene centenares de proyectos de cooperación y un comercio que superó los 5.000 millones de dólares. Anualmente, Caracas vende más de 100.000 barriles de petróleo diarios mediante mecanismos de créditos blandos.
Sin embargo, las autoridades reconocieron que 2010 será un año difícil: al punto de que los funcionarios indicaron que habrá recortes en los gastos sociales, aunque no se especificó en cuales y el crecimiento del Producto Interno Bruto estimado alcanzará apenas 1,9%.Fuente: Univisión
                                                                                                                   
Venezuela y Cuba construirán un aeropuerto en Haití

PUERTO PRINCIPE

Las autoridades de Haití confirmaron el viernes que la construcción de un moderno aeropuerto en Cabo Haitiano, segunda ciudad al norte del país, estará a cargo de una empresa venezolana-cubana.
El ministro de Obras Púbicas, Ronald Baudin, aseguró que el gobierno tomará todas las disposiciones para dar seguimiento a la construcción de esta infraestructura, cuya cuantía de construcción será de $33 millones (23 millones de euros), que Venezuela prestará en condiciones preferenciales para ser reembolsado en 25 años.
``El gobierno tiene la garantía de que ninguna irregularidad señalará la gestión'' de este fondo, agregó el funcionario.
El acuerdo firmado por Haití y Venezuela fue ratificado por unanimidad el pasado martes por 17 senadores y 50 diputados reunidos en Asamblea Nacional.
El voto se realizó a pesar de las preocupaciones sobre la regularidad del procedimiento para elegir la compañía que ejecutará la obra, cuyo nombre no fue precisado.
El presidente de la Comisión de Finanzas de la Cámara de Diputados, Jean Marcel Numérant, se preguntó si un concurso en buena y debida forma fue convocado para asignar la ejecución de los trabajos a la compañía elegida.
Algunos diputados se expresaron a favor de una ``gestión rigurosa'' en la inversión de los $33 millones (23 millones de euros) para que las generaciones futuras no hereden una deuda ``injustificada''.
Según los datos oficiales, la pista de aterrizaje del nuevo aeropuerto se construirá en una superficie de 2,652 metros destinada a vuelos internacionales.
En la terminal aérea serán instalados dispositivos modernos de control y de seguridad.
Los trabajos de construcción se extenderán 18 meses, aunque la fecha del inicio del proceso y de la puesta en servicio del nuevo aeropuerto no fueron precisadas.
Haití dispone de un solo aeropuerto internacional, el Toussaint Louverture.
  Fuente en el texto