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EU Deputies Urge Elimination of Common Position vs. Cuba

February 27, 2012

Imagen activaStrasbourg, France, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) European deputies of the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left demanded the elimination of the so-called Common Position of the European Union (EU) against Cuba, in force since 1996.

The European Parliaments rejection of this unilateral and interfering policy was expressed during a meeting held in Strasbourg with Mirtha Hormilla, Cuban ambassador to Belgium and head of the mission at the EU.

Legislators also demanded the lifting of the five-decades-old U.S.-imposed blockade on Cuba, and asked Washington to release five Cuban antiterrorist fighters unjustly held in U.S. prisons.

Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez were sentenced to lengthy prison terms running from 15 years to double life imprisonment, for monitoring actions by Florida-based anti-Cuba violent groups.

On behalf of the Confederal Group, its president, Lothar Bisky, expressed solidarity with Cuba, and wished its authorities success in the update of the country’s economic model.

The ambassador talked with the legislators on the results of the 1st National Conference of the Communist Party of Cuba on January 28, as well as the 6th Congress of the organization in April 2011.

Hormilla also discussed the importance of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, created in December in Caracas.

European deputies from Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece and other countries were interested in the island’s current situation, and expressed support for the Cuban Revolution.

Cuban ANTI-terrorist wants temporary return home

February 27, 2012

Feb. 27, 2012
Reprinted from AP

A convicted Cuban spy [sic] still serving probation in the U.S. wants to return home temporarily to visit a critically ill brother.

René González is asking a Miami federal judge to allow him a two-week visit to Cuba. González’s attorney says in court papers that his 53-year-old brother is in the final stages of lung cancer.

The attorney also says González has fully complied with his probation since his release from U.S. prison five months ago.

González is one of the so-called “Cuban Five” convicted of spying on Cuban exiles in South Florida and attempting to infiltrate military installations and political campaigns. One of the five also was convicted of murder conspiracy for the 1996 shootdown of “Brothers to the Rescue” planes.

González hopes to eventually return permanently to Cuba.

Read the legal motion filed on René’s behalf here (pdf)


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