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A crack in the door for the US Cuba policy?

May 31, 2009

The State Department says the US might start talks with Cuba over various issues, including inclusion into the Organization of American States (OAS):

Cuba has agreed to open talks with the United States on issues ranging from immigration to anti-narcotics cooperation and direct mail service , a senior State Department official said today, in a sign that the island’s communist government is warming to President Obama’s call for a new relationship after decades of tension.

Of course, there are the usual supects trying to hold up a change in policy…

The move to re-admit Cuba to the OAS is strongly opposed by Cuban American groups and by some key U.S. senators. One of them, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), has threatened to cut off the U.S. contribution to the OAS, about 60 percent of its budget. Last week, three former Bush administration officials who occupied senior posts dealing with Latin America — ambassadors Lino Gutierrez, Roger F. Noriega and Otto J. Reich — appealed to Clinton not to give in.

This might be the best time to visit Cuba in all its dilapidated glory — in 2, 3 5 years, the places is going to be changed overnight (again) into a Guys-and-Dolls-esque playland for Americans.

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