Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bill Richardson: U.S. should end Cuba's terror sponsor label

Former UN ambassador Bill Richardson

By Jordi Zamora (AFP) – 4 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Cuba should be taken off the US list of state sponsors of terror, US diplomatic troubleshooter and former UN ambassador Bill Richardson said Tuesday.

The United States and Cuba, the Americas' only communist-ruled, one-party state, do not have full diplomatic relations. A full US economic embargo has been clamped on Havana since 1962.

While President Barack Obama's administration has made some adjustments to US policy, no dramatic strides have been made in the recent years.

"My view is that this terrorism list is not very consistent. It's an emotional issue," said Richardson, who speaks Spanish and has been to Cuba on private missions.

"I think the removal of Cuba of the terrorist list is one of those five, six steps the administration could make" to help yield change, he added.

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