U.S. State Department: Gross detention hurting dialogue with Cuba

According to P.J. Crowley from the U.S. State Department, the year-long detention without charges of American aid worker Alan Gross by the Castro regime is hurting dialogue and is a “major impediment” to improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba’s totalitarian dictatorship.

HAVANA (AP) — The yearlong detention of an American subcontractor by Cuba is a “major impediment” to improved ties, the U.S. State Department said Friday, some of the strongest language yet from Washington in a case that has short-circuited nascent hopes for rapprochement between the Cold War enemies.

The statement from department spokesman P.J. Crowley comes on the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Alan Gross, whom Cuban President Raul Castro has accused of spying. Gross has not been charged with any crime, however.

“It is long overdue for Cuban authorities to release Mr. Gross,” the statement read. “He has languished in a Cuban jail for a full year and the Cuban Government has yet to explain reasons for his detention or file charges. His arrest and continued detention without charge violate international standards of due process and judicial procedure.”

“We have made it very clear to the Cuban Government that the continued detention of Alan Gross is a major impediment to advancing the dialogue between our two countries,” the State Deparmtent said.

It vowed to use “every available channel to urge the Cuban Government to put an end to Mr. Gross’ long and unjustifiable ordeal.”

There is no doubt that the U.S. position toward the Castro dictatorship’s politically motivated detention of Alan Gross is justified, but let’s be honest here; the imprisonment of Gross is just the latest item added to the laundry list of antagonistic and illegal actions throughout the past 5 decades undertaken by the Castro regime.

3 thoughts on “U.S. State Department: Gross detention hurting dialogue with Cuba”

  1. And the settlements are the only impediments to Middle East peace.
    Obama knows intransigence when he sees it and the enemy is us.
    We’d be in trouble if they released Gross. Then Obama would give Cuba all it wants.

  2. If Gross were a Republican Cuban-American, I doubt the State Department would be singing this same tune. Remember the murdered Brothers to the Rescue pilots? Enough said.

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