|Cuba: one-year anniversary of US and Cuba beginning normalization||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: MN Cuba (mncubagmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:09:26 -0800 (PST)|
NEWS RELEASE Minnesota Cuba Committee <http://www.minnesotacubacommittee.org> December 16, 2015 For immediate release For questions and interviews contact August Nimtz 612-354-7463, animtz [at] umn.edu ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ANNOUNCEMENT OF US AND CUBA DECISION ON NORMALIZING RELATIONS OBSERVED A year ago on December 17 both President Castro and President Obama announced the decision to begin the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States. With this announcement, President Obama acknowledged the United States policy aimed at destroying the Cuban revolution has failed. Since then embassies have been opened in both countries, Cuba was removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and ongoing dialogue between the two countries has taken place. Despite the rhetoric of President Obama, the same U.S. policies of the economic, commercial and financial blockade continue to be enforced; the right of the U.S. people to travel without restrictions to Cuba continues to be denied; opportunities for Cuban citizens to travel to the United States in order to participate in conferences and other cooperative activities are impeded by the denial or delay of visa requests; regime change programs continue to operate with full funding and support of U. S. Congress; the establishment of bi-lateral trade and commerce has not taken place; the United States has imposed multi-million dollar fines on financial institutions doing business in Cuba; the “wet foot/dry foot” immigration policy continues; and inexplicably, humanitarian organization IFCO/Pastors for Peace is again being harassed and threatened by the Department of Treasury. As clearly demonstrated by the October 2015 vote in the United Nations, the United States remains isolated from the rest of the world in its policy toward Cuba. Congress has failed to act and, to date President Obama has not utilized executive authority to lift certain provisions of the blockade. For example, President Obama has the powers of the executive branch to close the prison at Guantanamo and additionally return the illegally occupied territory to Cuba. The Minnesota Cuba Committee believes there is much more that can be done utilizing executive authority. Polls show the majority of the American Public does not agree that the United States government should continue with its 54-year-old failed policy to destroy the Cuban Revolution. This December 17, the American public again demands that the United States lift its illegal blockade and respect the sovereignty and self-determination of the Cuban people.
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