HAVANA TIMES — A group of businessmen, intellectuals, politicians and Cuban dissidents published Thursday a full-page open letter/advertisement in The Washington Post against any rapprochement between the US and Cuba, reported dpa.
The 58 signatories ask the United States Congress, with a Republican majority, to oppose the “unilateral concessions” that the Obama administration has offered the island. The open letter was run as a paid advertisement titled “The New Cuba Policy: Breakthrough or Bailout?”.
The letter was drafted by the Center for a Free Cuba (www.cubacenter.org) and criticizes, among other things, removing Cuba from the list of terrorist states because “it will reward the Castro regime for trying to smuggle 240 tons of heavy weapons to North Korea; training and equipping of the repressive forces of Venezuela; offering Putin’s Russia a listening post in Cuba and sheltering dozens of fugitive terrorists and criminals, including Assata Shakur, on the list of ten most wanted terrorists by the FBI. ”
The hardliners also oppose lifting the trade embargo on the island as well as increasing US travelers to Cuba.
Among the signatories are several former assistant secretaries of state for Latin America, as Elliot Abrams, Otto Reich and Roger Noriega and former ambassadors in Latin America and Cuba.
Also signing the document are Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, of Cuban origin, and opposition figures Antonio Rodiles and Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez.
“We urge Congress to oppose unilateral concessions to rescue the failed and oppressive Castro regime,” the letter concludes.
The US and Cuba announced on December 17, 2014, they would resume diplomatic ties after more than half a century of conflict. The news has divided the Cuban exile community in Miami.
On Wednesday, Assistant US Secretary of State for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, met with several exile groups opposed to the administration’s approach to explain the new policy, but several people declined to attend.
Last month, another group of influential personalities from politics and the US economy sent a letter to President Barack Obama in the opposite direction: to encourage him to work with Congress to change and update legislation regarding Cuba.