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  • White House: We will continue to pursue increased engagement between the United States and Cuba | Cubadebate (English)
    such as law enforcement fighting drug trafficking human rights requests for compensation among others Also mentioned are the agreements for environmental protection and the reestablishment of direct postal services after more than half a century of stagnation The White House document outlines international cooperation in the health sector highlighting the example of Haiti where some preliminary exchanges with Cuba have taken place The U S government notes that steps have been taken to make it easier to trade with Cuba despite the apparent stalemate in this sector Josefina Vidal Ferreiro Ministry of Foreign Relations director general for the United States recently told reporters that results in the economic commercial sphere are barely visible Many of the measures implemented so far in this field are positive but are limited in scope They also include elements that make their implementation impossible She noted that Obama could allow Cuba to use the dollar in international transactions access private credit and permit trade in both directions and not unilaterally as has been the case to date in order to facilitate the implementation of the approved measures to date While Congress is the only body that can completely eliminate the blockade the obstacle to the development of relations Obama has broad executive powers to change the majority of its application So far Obama has only used these powers to modify a small area of policy mainly in terms of remittances the private sector and telecommunications leaving the bulk of the blockade policy intact Various analysts agree that these sectors are prioritized by the U S government with obvious political purposes The White House text does not mention any of the key issues that Cuba considers essential for normalization such as the return of the territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo an end to subversive programs and illegal broadcasting as well as the persistence of a preferential migratory policy towards Cubans that encourages illegal migration The fact sheet highlights the increasing number of people to people exchanges in the past year U S travel to Cuba has increased by 54 percent over the past year Americans are interacting with Cubans of all walks of life giving Cubans a more accurate understanding of our country and how we live the text reads ignoring the fact that U S citizens are still unable to travel to the island as tourists The text goes on to note the U S support for the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC which have been hosted by the Cuban government in Havana The document concludes that Change will not happen overnight but we are moving in the right direction We will continue to pursue increased engagement between the United States and Cuba We continue to believe that the legislatively imposed U S embargo on Cuba is counter productive and should be lifted Granma Make a comment Your email address will not be published The mandatory fields are marked Name Email Title Comment Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most Commented Cubadebate

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/news/2015/12/18/white-house-we-will-continue-pursue-increased-engagement-between-united-states-and-cuba/ (2015-12-29)
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  • Josefina Vidal assures that Cuba and the U.S. have made progress | Cubadebate (English)
    and migration while new areas have opened such as port maritime security application and enforcement of the law and health The Cuban diplomat preferred not to reveal anything regarding the upcoming topics to be discussed but said there was a wide range of options and many plans for the following year The key to the successof this processisrespectand treatmentas equals Vidal stressed A LOT MORE TO DO The Cuban diplomat noted that in the economic commercial area the results are barely visible Many of the measures implemented so far in this field are positive but are limited in scope They also include elements that make their implementation impossible She recalled that the U S president has broad powers to change the situation and could expand the scope of these measures or take others She specifically noted that Obama could allow Cuba to use the dollar in international transactions access private credit and permit trade in both directions and not unilaterally as has been the case to date She added that no progress has been made this year on key issues for normalized relations such as an end to the blockade the return of the territory illegally occupied in Guantánamo the end of subversive programs and illegal broadcasting and the continued preferential migratory policy toward Cubans that encourages illegal migration Regarding the context within the U S Congress during the past year she noted the visible existence of bipartisan support for change as expressed by the delegations that have visited Cuba in increasing numbers She highlighted that this Wednesday December 16 a working group composed of Democrats and Republicans to advance the rapprochement with Cuba was created with a dozen members A MODEL FOR CIVILIZED COEXISTENCE In response to a question from the press Vidal also referred to recent statements by Barack Obama to Yahoo News regarding a possible trip to the island before the end of his term in office The day the president decides to come to Cuba he will be welcome she said However she added that Cuba has always been clear that issues inherent to the domestic law of the country are not up for negotiation in exchange for the normalization of relations with Washington We do not demand that things we do not like about the United States be changed in order for us to speak with or visit the country Countries may have differing opinions about what happens in the other but that can not be used as leverage to achieve certain changes she stressed Vidal concluded that even with the differences that exist between our countries better links will only bring benefits to both countries and their peoples We really believe that a model of civilized coexistence is the best contribution that we can leave the present and future generations of Cuba the U S and the entire region Make a comment Your email address will not be published The mandatory fields are marked Name Email Title Comment Youtube Facebook Twitter Picasa RSS Most

    Original URL path: http://en.cubadebate.cu/news/2015/12/17/josefina-vidal-assures-that-cuba-and-us-have-made-progress/ (2015-12-29)
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