CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. April 30, 2009: The U.S. State Department is insisting there is no plan to lift the Cuban embargo unless the current administration shows its serious about human rights.
The comment comes on a day when Cuban President Raul decried the administration for `achieving only the minimum.` His reference was of course to the recent lifting of the ban on travel and remittances by Cubans and Cuban Americans in the U.S. to their homeland.
But acting State Department spokesman, Robert Wood, said Cuba needs to now show `it’s serious about dialogue with the international community – you know, releasing political prisoners, stopping – you know, the halting of taxing remittances that come back into the country.`
Woods said while the administration is interested in a dialogue with Cuba, they also need to see some steps from Havana to gauge how serious the government there is willing to dialogue. Castro, however, speaking in Havana Wednesday before a gathering of international ministers, said that `it is not Cuba that has to make gestures.`
The remark comes as an aide to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said the Montana Democrat expects to introduce a bill to open trade and travel for U.S. farmers, ranchers and families between America and Cuba.