HAVANA TIMES, March 30 — Turning a deaf ear to the call of Pope Benedict XVI for the US to end its blockade against Cuba, the US government reiterated yesterday that it does not intend to change its policy that has been in place for more than half a century, reported dpa news.
“We’ve been pretty clear about why we are maintaining the embargo,” said Mark Toner, a State Department spokesperson.
“For too long we have been saying that our policy toward Cuba is centered on improving relations between the US and the Cuban people, and we have taken steps to improve such communication and cooperation,” said Toner.
Those supposed “improvements” aren’t recognized as such by Cuba, which views ??the embargo (or “blockade” as it’s called on the island) as the key form of hostiliy being used by the United States against the island.
Referring to the embargo during his recent three-day stay in Cuba, Pope Benedict said the lack of material resources in Cuba “is aggravated by restrictive economic measures imposed from outside the country, which weigh negatively on the population.”