Italy asks Cuba for concrete “gestures” on dissidents
In this morally bankrupt world the problem is not the fact that Cubans have lived under the iron rule of a tyrant for 51 years, the problem is not the human rights abuses, or the tortures and executions suffered by the Cuban people, no, the problem is that the dissidents tarnish the desired image for EU engagement with the dictatorship. No need to really shake things up, and risk losing all those $$$$$ deals by demanding freedom for Cubans.
ROME, Italy (AFP) — Italy said it hoped Cuba would make "concrete gestures" in favour of jailed dissidents after talks between the Cuban government and the Catholic Church, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
In a meeting with Cuba’s ambassador to Italy Rodney Lopez Clemente, Italy’s undersecretary for foreign affairs Vincenzo Scotti "underscored the great expectations aroused among Italian public opinion and its politicians by the beginning of dialogue between the Cuban government and the Catholic Church."
A gesture, Scotti said, would trigger "an improvement of the island’s image at the international level, giving vigour and concreteness to the dialogue that the European Union wants to pursue with Cuba."