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Nov 18, 2009

Cesar Gaviria says it’s time for Cuba’s inclusion in the region

Story PictureThe former OAS Secretary General also spoke about one of Belize’s close allies, Cuba. The Cuban Mission to Belize is involved in numerous technical and cooperation initiatives, including a large medical brigade. Though Cuba is the largest Caribbean island with a population of over eleven million, the country has been either removed or left out of major organizations and regional events. Cuba’s international lock-out is mostly a result of an antiquated United States lobby against the Castro Regime. Gaviria feels it’s time for that to change.

Jose Sanchez
“Should Cuba be brought in to get more involved in Latin America? They do not have a presence in the OAS nor the Summit of the Americas.”

Cesar Gaviria, Former President of Colombia
“Yes I think that should be. I think the Obama administration has a different policy and because the Obama administration has a different policy. I think we will see certain changes. We hope they will move in a way that the problem with the embargo can be solved. Cuba can take more measures in the sense of democracy and human rights and that in the future we will solve the problem.”

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