Friday, June 13, 2008

Mexico, Spain urge easing of sanctions on Cuba

MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Mexico and Spain are calling for an easing of sanctions against Cuba in the light of recent reforms by the communist-run island.

Mexican leader Felipe Calderon, left, joins Spain's José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero at a news conference Thursday.

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said, "The steps taken by Cuba have a positive tint."

He said the European Union should fully lift sanctions imposed after the 2003 arrest of dissidents in Cuba. They were suspended in 2005.

At a joint press conference Thursday in Madrid, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said his country has full relations with Cuba and rejects the U.S. embargo, which has been in place for nearly 50 years.

"The embargo has not worked," Calderon said.

Calderon said Cuban President Raúl Castro is "on the right path" with recent housing reforms and an end to bans on owning cell phones, staying in tourist hotels and buying electronics.

Source: CNN

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