U.S. Senators demand release of Alan Gross
U.S. Senators are demanding that the Cuban dictatorship release Alan Gross, an American aid worker who has been held hostage by the Castro regime for three years.
U.S. lawmakers demand Cuba free Alan Gross
The imprisonment in Cuba of U.S. contractor Alan Gross is an obstacle to better relations between Havana and Washington, senators said Tuesday, demanding the Maryland man's immediate and unconditional release.
The prisoner's wife, Judy Gross, was joined by Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski - both Democrats from Maryland - and Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, at a press conference.
"Mr. Castro, a message from the U.S. Senate: let Alan Gross go, let him go today, let him go now," Mikulski said, addressing Cuban President Raul Castro.
"Mr. Castro, you are illegally holding him on a trumped up charge against his own will to the devastation of his health," she said.
"I'm one who since July of 2000 have been engaged in trying to create greater opportunities for American agriculture, farmers and ranchers to deal with Cuba and have the opportunity to sell our products," Moran said.
"I'm no longer willing to pursue this further engagement until Alan Gross is released," the Republican added.
Cardin stressed that Gross' detention is preventing any progress in bilateral relations.
"We are all looking forward to a better relation bet Cuba and the us ... and we all hope that Cuba will do the right thing," he said.
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