New Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister vows not to visit Cuba unless allowed access to dissidents

In a total and complete reversal of  the previous administration’s subservient policies, which offered support and political cover for the Castro dictatorship, this past Tuesday, Spain’s new Foreign Affairs Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, vowed not to travel to Cuba unless he is guaranteed the right to visit with dissident groups and opposition leaders on the island.

Via (my translation):

Margallo will not travel to Cuba if the regime does not allow him to meet with the dissidence

This Tuesday, fhe Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, assured that he would not visit Cuba if the Castro regime does not permit him to meet with the dissidence and groups such as the Ladies in White.

Garcia-Margallo transmitted this message to the Cuban government during his testimony before the Senate Commission for Latin American affairs, in which he presented his general policies in relation to Latin America.

“I would never to go Cuba if I cannot meet with the government and the opposition,” he clearly stated.

The minister regretted that the Castro regime would prevent a meeting with the Ladies in White, who he reminded were recognized in 2005 with the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament for their defense of human rights.

“My plans are to meet with the Ladies in White. That is not possible, so there will be no visit. There is where we stand,” said Garcia-Margallo, who was a member of the European Parliament with the PP before being named head of Spain’s foreign affairs this past December.

He insisted that the Spanish government has no intentions of modifying the current relations policy between the EU and Cuba, known as the Common Position, as long as “there are no changes in circumstances” on the island and the regime takes steps towards democracy and respect for liberties.

If these advances take place, they would seek “flexible interpretations” of the Common Position, in place since 1996, which the authorities in Havana consider interference and have always rejected.

1 thought on “New Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister vows not to visit Cuba unless allowed access to dissidents”

  1. But remember, meeting with dissidents is one thing; actual policy is another. I simply don’t trust Spain. Its current government may only be better cosmetically.

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