Monday, November 23, 2009

European Union commissioner says they will place less emphasis on human rights when dealing with Cuba

By Tom Evans, CNN

November 23, 2009 8:26 p.m. EST

A European Union commissioner Monday told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Europe's policy toward Cuba in the future will place less emphasis on human rights in the island nation than now.

The EU commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, Karel De Gucht, who is just back from a visit to Havana, Cuba, told Amanpour, "We have relations with a lot of oppressive regimes and we have a special regime for Cuba. It makes no sense singularizing them."

His comments come amid indications that Spain, which will hold the presidency of the EU for six months beginning in January 2010, intends to soften the organization's policy toward Cuba. The European Union currently criticizes Cuba's human rights record, but does not support the U.S. trade embargo against Havana.

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JG: Looking at the declarations of both Australia and the European Union, (see the previous post also), it appears that Barack Obama is going to be the odd man out. When is he going to realize that the rest of the world does not support the United States? And last November 2008, when we elected him, we thought that he was an intelligent person. He has demonstrated since then that he is not. Does 187-3 mean anything to him? Wake up and smell the roses, Mr. President!

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