Wednesday, June 3, 2009

OAS votes to readmit Cuba

Vote revokes 1962 Cold War measure

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras- The Organization of American States (OAS) said today it has taken away a 1962 measure suspending communist Cuba. This reverses a landmark event of the Cold War.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Fander Falconi says it sets mechanisms for Cuba's return--including its agreement to abide by OAS conventions.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drove the OAS to require Cuba to make democratic reforms and improve its kindness towards human rights.

However, Cuba's government repeatedly said it has no interest in returning to the OAS, calling the Organization a tool of the United States.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said the United States continues to use the OAS as "an instrument of domination."

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said the United States embargo on Cuba a "day of infamy."

"Friends, it is time to correct that mistake," Zelaya said.

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