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Hillary Demands Cuba Release Contractor

Friday, 18 Jun 2010 05:36 AM

WASHINGTON — US officials will tell their Cuban counterparts that Cuba's detention of a US contractor is harming ties between the two countries, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday.

Clinton said US officials will deliver the message on behalf of Alan Gross, 60, when they meet with their Cuban counterparts on Friday for the third round of immigration talks since President Barack Obama took office.

"We are deeply concerned about his welfare and poor health, and we have used every available channel to push for his release. As I told the family today, we will continue to do so," she said in a statement after meeting the family.

During the US-Cuban meeting on migration issues on Friday, "we will underscore that the continued detention of Alan Gross is harming US-Cuba relations," the chief US diplomat said.

"The United States would view favorably the release of Alan Gross so that he can return to his family," she added.

US officials say that Gross worked for a non-government organization contracted by the State Department to supply computer and communications material to civil society groups on the island.

Cuba believes Gross, who has been detained for six months, is a spy.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Wednesday that Gross "is being held for violating Cuban laws and committing grave offenses in our country at the service of the subversive policy of the government of the United States against Cuba."

Gross "is currently under investigation, he has a guaranteed defense, has received permanent consular assistance and has had communication with his relatives," Rodriguez said.

Cuba however has not said if it has pressed formal charges against Gross.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that as of June 2 US officials have been granted access to Gross five times.

The United States and Cuba have not had formal diplomatic ties since 1961, though Washington is represented by a US interest section in Havana.

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