Cuba normalises EU ties

4th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

4 January 2005 , HAVANA - Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said that Havana would normalise its contacts with embassies from eight European Union countries, including Germany. As well, Perez Roque said Cuba had decided to resume official contacts with the embassies of France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Portugal and Sweden. Perez Roque said that the improvement in relations was prompted by a decision from the EU in Brussels to no longer invite "US-paid mercenaries" to official embassy e

4 January 2005

HAVANA - Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said that Havana would normalise its contacts with embassies from eight European Union countries, including Germany.

As well, Perez Roque said Cuba had decided to resume official contacts with the embassies of France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Portugal and Sweden.

Perez Roque said that the improvement in relations was prompted by a decision from the EU in Brussels to no longer invite "US-paid mercenaries" to official embassy events.

It was a reference to the invitations of Cuban dissidents to embassy functions in Havana, which was part of the EU's protests in 2003 against the rapid trial and imprisonment of 75 dissidents for terms averaging 20 years.

The targeted members of the opposition to the Cuban regime under Fidel Castro were accused of treasonous relationships with the United States, after a few of them met with an American diplomat.

In response to the EU's diplomatic action, Havana halted official contacts with several embassies.

In November, Perez Roque invited Spanish Ambassador Carlos Alonso Zaldivar for talks and promised to normalise relations.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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