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Cuba Scuttles EU Meeting Over Rights

Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 09:16 AM

MADRID – A meeting between European Union and Cuban officials planned for next week in Madrid has been suspended and could be rescheduled for late April, Spanish government sources told Efe on Tuesday.

The EU was to be represented by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country currently holds the bloc’s rotating presidency.

Moratinos and a delegation led by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez were supposed to discuss matters of common interest between Brussels and Havana, including the situation of human rights and political prisoners on the communist-ruled island, the sources said.

The now-on-hold meeting had been preceded by tension sparked by the Feb. 23 death of Cuban political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo after an 85-day hunger strike and the ongoing fast by dissident Guillermo Fariñas.

The EU expressed its concern over the situation of Fariñas, just as it did after Zapata’s death, when it demanded that Cuba free its 200 imprisoned opposition members.

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MADRID – A meeting between European Union and Cuban officials planned for next week in Madrid has been suspended and could be rescheduled for late April, Spanish government sources told Efe on Tuesday.
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