Cuban entry to OAS barred?


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that any move toward allowing Cuba to join the Organization of American States must be accompanied by the communist nation’s release of political prisoners, respect for basic human rights and democratic reforms.

“We do look forward to the day when Cuba can join the OAS,” she told a breakfast meeting with Caribbean foreign ministers. “But we believe that membership in the OAS must come with responsibilities and we owe it to each other to uphold our standards of democracy and governance that have brought so much progress to our hemisphere.”

“It is not about reliving the past,” Clinton said. “It is about the future of being true to the founding principles of this organization.”

The United States is largely isolated within the OAS in demanding conditions. Top officials from members of the OAS have been nearly unanimous in calling for Cuba to be allowed to rejoin the 34-nation group without conditions.

Despite President Barack Obama’s tentative overtures to Cuba, Clinton, who is attending the session, says any move to allow Cuba to rejoin the group must be accompanied by changes by its government.

2 thoughts on “Cuban entry to OAS barred?”

  1. I never thought that I would ever, ever, ever agree with anything fidel ever said. But this time, I have to say that I agree with him completely. He has said that the OAS “is a shameless institution” that needs to be “should be done away with.”

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