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12/05/13 -  PRESS RELEASE - Ros-Lehtinen Disappointed that Santos is Calling for U.S.  Concessions to the Brutal Castro Regime

 “Instead of the U.S. softening its policy toward Cuba, it should be the Castro brothers who must end their oppression of the Cuban people.”

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement regarding the recommendation made by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to have the U.S. change its policy toward the Castro regime. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I’ve always been a friend of the people of Colombia and led the effort to pass the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Plan Colombia to help this important ally combat terrorism and fight narco-trafficking. However, I’m disappointed that now President Santos is suggesting that the U.S. change its policy toward the Castro regime, saying that the U.S. needs to be ‘more understanding’ and that it should make ‘some type of concession.’ It’s foolish to believe that Cuba, a U.S.-designated State Sponsor of Terrorism and a staunch supporter of the FARC, will be an honest broker for these so-called peace negotiations between Colombia and the FARC.  
“Instead of the U.S. softening its policy toward Cuba, it should be the Castro brothers who must end their oppression of the Cuban people. The Castro regime is a cold-blooded dictatorship committed to maintaining absolute control against the democratic aspirations of 11 million Cubans and it seeks to distract the international community from the fact that harassment, beatings and unjust detentions against pro-democracy advocates have intensified in recent years.

“President Santos should condemn the abusive tactics of the Castro regime, stand in solidarity with the brave Cuban opposition yearning for freedom, and not support the Castro dictatorship in its attempt to obtain even more concessions from the Obama Administration.”


http://ros-lehtinen.house.gov/press-release/ros-lehtinen-disappointed-santos-calling-us-concessions-brutal-castro-regime


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