Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Europe has no Moral to Question Cuba, says its Foreign Minister

Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, May 17 (ACN) Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said in Madrid
that the European Union (EU) has no moral authority to speak on the human rights situation in
Cuba.

Rodriguez Parrila, in an interview to the Telecinco television channel, stressed that Cuba, as a sovereign nation, does not recognize Europe any moral authority to deal with that type of thing.

He warned also that as long as there is the so-called EU Common Position on Cuba, adopted in 1996, a full normalization of ties between the Caribbean nation and the 27 nations comprising the EU will be impossible to achieve.

Rodriguez Parrilla acknowledged, however, that Spain is a valid interlocutor, in its capacity as rotating president of the Union during the current semester, reported Prensa Latina news agency.

He said that there are prisoners in Cuba as anywhere in the world, people that had a trial for illegal acts punishable under previous laws and sanctioned in ordinary proceedings in civilian courts.

“Nothing to do -he said- with the commissions or military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib, of which Europe has not said a word” denounced the Cuban Foreign Minister.

Rodriguez Parrilla, who heads the Cuban delegation to the VI Euro-Latin American Summit, expressed optimism that this forum will decide tomorrow the full observance of the principles of international law, the non-interference in internal affairs and the sovereign equality of the states.

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JG: Mr. Rodriguez is completely right. Neither the European Union nor the United States have any morals with which to criticize Cuba. Who committed the atrocities and tortures at Abhu Graig and Guantanamo Naval Base Prison? The United States government did! Apparently Barack Obama can not control or order his bureaucrats to close Guantanamo prison, because it remains open. Who knows if tortures are continuing there against the "enemy combatants."?

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