EU lifts sanctions on Cuba

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EU lifts sanctions on Cuba

What a great move. The bad old days of Cuban Missile crisis are long gone. Bringing Cuba into the 21St century will see it become a normal western state. Wealth creates democracy.

The European Union on Thursday agreed to lift diplomatic sanctions against Cuba but imposed tough conditions on the Communist island to maintain sanction-free relations, officials said.

EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the bloc felt it had to encourage changes in Cuba after Raul Castro took over as the head of the country's government from his ailing brother Fidel.
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There will be very clear language also on what the Cubans still have to do ... releasing prisoners, really working on human rights questions. There will be a sort of review to see whether indeed something will have happened.
she told reporters at an EU summit.

The measures were imposed in 2003 and were suspended in 2005. Some EU nations were reluctant to lift the diplomatic sanctions entirely during this week's two-day summit, saying they wanted to see Cuba improve human rights first.

Washington imposed a trade blockade of Cuba almost 50 years ago and has no immediate plans to lift it.

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By netchicken: posted on 20-6-2008

Wealth does not create democracy. From China to Saudi Arabia, we see this to be the case. There is absolutely no reason to believe that dropping the sanctions will do one bit of good.

Cuba is in league with Venezuela. Both are doing all they can to destabilize Western countries in central and south America. Both are responsible for FARC, as they support the terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of the Colombian government and is responsible for the deaths of civilians and government officials alike.

The Cuban government will not grow wealthier and will have even more power in this hemisphere. Of course, that means nothing to the EU. That political entity is more at home with my enemies than with my government.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 21-6-2008

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