U.S. Democrat Senators Ask for Lifting Blockade Against Cuba

February 18, 2015 12:20 am

Havana, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) U.S. Democrat Senators Claire
McCaskill, Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner expressed here today their
stand in favor of lifting the economic, commercial and financial
blockade imposed by Washington on over five decades ago.

That policy of unilateral sanctions is considered by Cuban authorities
as the main obstacle for normalization of links between both countries.

In a press conference held at the Hotel Nacional, legislators showed
their satisfacrion for their just concluded visit to Cuba and the
contacts made with the government and people of the island.

Warner admitted that Cuba faces many challenges to normalization of
links with the and one of the main obstacles is that
Washington keeps the Caribbean nation in the list of countries that,
according to the U.S. State Department promote terrorism.

He
recalled U.S, federal agencies make a study to determine if Cuba is
excluded from the list -described as unilateral and shady by Cuban
authorities- but said he did not have elements to say when will that
process will end.

He added that together with his colleagues, he
met a wide spectrum of Cuban civil society and said the state of
Virginia, which he represents at the Senate, was among the first to
start doing business with the island in 2002.

McCaskill, who
represents the state of Missouri in the high chamber, highlighted the
visit had as main objective to exchange directly with Cubans about the
impact of the historic decision announced by the presidents of both
nations last 17th December of re-establishing diplomatic relations.

The Senator described as positive the contacts made the eve with Cuban
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and the Director General of the United
States at the Foreign Ministry, Josefina Vidal. She said was
particularly impressed with the visit to the Special Development Zone of
Mariel, west of Havana and the perspectives this zone offers future
trade operations between Cuba and the United States, mainly in
agricultural products.

On her part, Senator Klobuchar, of Minnesota, extolled the importante of the

bipartisan
bill she presented to the Senate last February 12. to eliminate
restrictions still blocking trade, travelling and sea transportation,
among other aspects.

She affirmed Cuba has also much to offer,
because not only the United Status will Benedit from a stable relation
in the future, alter reestablishing diplomatic relations and eliminating
Washington�s unilateral sanctions that block trade.

The
legislator highlighted the significance tourism will have in the future
for both neighboring nations, when U.S. government restrictions that
prevent people from travelling freely to the greater of the Antilles are
eradicated.

She added that attending as she does in the Senate
subcommittee on that issue, she will insist on the importance that
improvement in relations with the Caribbean nation has for the
development of that activity.

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