Havana, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Higinio Martinez, a lawmaker for the state of Mexico, said Friday that he favored rapprochement between his country´s government and Cuba´s, and called to back the island nation at international forums.
Martinez, who is the president of the Political Coordination Board of the 54th Legislature of the State of Mexico, noted the need to foster relations with Cuba, adding that lawmakers will work from within the House of Deputies.
The Mexican legislator´s statements came after meeting with Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, president of the People´s Power National Assembly (Cuban Parliament), at Havana´s Hotel Nacional.
We will lobby at the Senate, speak with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (opposition) and with very important political interlocutors with whom we have relations in Mexico to propitiate a reencounter between Cuba and our country, said Martinez.
He added that the government of President Felipe Calderon must take an honorable and independent stance on Cuba at the Human Rights Council, which is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
The lawmaker criticized the previous government of President Vicente Fox, who yielded to US pressure to condemn Cuba for alleged violations of individual guarantees.
"If Felipe Calderon wants to improve relations, he cannot vote against Cuba, because there is no reason to take that stance," Martinez stressed.