Saturday, June 6, 2009

Cuba no Longer Suspended from the OAS (Organization of American States)

The foreign ministers participating in the 29th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) reached an agreement to rescind the suspension of Cuba that was approved in 1962.

Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Fander Falconí announced the decision. "It has been approved and by all the foreign ministers by consensus. This is very good news, reflecting the change in the times we are living in Latin America," said Falconi.

The Ecuadorian minister explained that "there is a consensus on a document that unconditionally eliminates the exclusion of Cuba that was enacted in 1962."

"Many of us were born at that time and what this generation is doing is basically amending history. Here we have a chance to build a different story," he added.

The decision was made in the evening after a special group appointed by the ministers had met for over six hours without reaching consensus.

The divergent positions were of those who were advocating a repeal of the suspension, without conditions, and those who proposed the mention of the need for Cuba to accept the commitments of democracy and human rights adopted by other members of the organization.

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