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Carter Pleased With Himself

Friday, 17 May 2002 12:00 AM

Carter, wrapping up his visit, said he had not changed the opinions he expressed in a nationally televised speech Tuesday.

In the speech, Carter urged Cuba to adopt a free system and allow international agencies to look for violations of human rights. He said the United States should drop its 42-year-old trade embargo against Cuba.

President Bush plans to make a speech on Cuban policy during a trip Monday to Miami for Cuban Independence Day. He is expected to call for tightening the embargo.

Carter, 77, said he would send a complete report to officials from the State Department and White House on Saturday.

He said the report would express his feelings, and "the opinions of the dissident groups on U.S. policy toward Cuba. And it may be President Bush may consider those opinions, but I don't have any authority in coming here."

He said he would not change the message contained in the speech Tuesday.

"I still believe every word in that speech was accurate, and it was certainly a true expression of my own feeling, and I will maintain that basic message when I return," he said.

He said there were no restrictions on his visits with Cuban citizens and on his movements.

"I believe we have been able to have adequate discussions with no restraints at all with religious leaders – Protestant, Jewish and Catholic – and with dissidents who have been open with expressions of concern and desire to see changes in the government here," Carter said at a news conference.

He said the dissidents told him travel to Cuba should be opened but any financial help from the United States could damage their cause.

He said he was able to visit some locations without notice and received no opposition.

"There have been no restrictions placed on my movements. We've traveled to several places quite distant from Havana," he said. Carter reiterated he had no official authority during the trip.

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