HAVANA TIMES — During an interview with Chilean television, US Secretary of State John Kerry said his country’s embargo on Cuba could end “before full democracy exists” on the island, DPA reported.
The US official travelled to Chile to take part in the 2nd Nuestros Oceanos Conference. Kerry also spoke about Venezuela and described it as a “democracy in trouble,” adding that the upcoming parliamentary elections (Dec. 6) would offer a “measure of what sort of democracy it is.”
With respect to relations with Havana, he commented that a “full democracy requires time, but there is progress.”
“For instance, we don’t have full democracy in Vietnam, but we eliminated the embargo because we saw progress (…) There was no democracy in China when we normalized our relations and began to make progress. There has to be a path traced to improve the relationship of the government with its people,” said Kerry.
“Personally, I believe the embargo should be lifted, because it would help the people of Cuba,” he concluded.
Kerry also commented on Germany’s initiative to take in thousands of Syrian refugees and underscored that the United States is the country that welcomes the largest numbers of immigrants in the world.
“What Germany did is take in a group of refugees for a while and offer them security and refuge. But, will they all be able to settle there? I don’t know the answer,” he remarked.
To conclude, the US Secretary of State declared he does not have an opinion on Bolivia’s maritime claims, but said he hoped differences with Chile were settled soon at the World Court. “It would be good for everyone,” he concluded.