US Senator Rubio Says He Will Block Cuba Ambassador

As the Obama Administration formally removed the Castro regime from the United States’ State Sponsors of Terrorism List, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Secretary of State John Kerry to prioritize action in four key areas as negotiations continue regarding the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba and the possible re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana.

As the Obama Administration formally removed the Castro regime from the United States’ State Sponsors of Terrorism List, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues, urged Secretary of State John Kerry to prioritize action in four key areas as negotiations continue regarding the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba and the possible re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana.

Absent concrete results on political reforms and human rights, the repatriation of U.S. terrorists and fugitives being harbored in Cuba, resolving uncompensated property claims, and removal of restrictions on U.S. diplomats in Cuba, Rubio pledged to oppose the confirmation of any nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Cuba.

“Despite more than five months of discussions with the Cuban government, I am very concerned about the lack of political reforms, and progress on human rights; the continued harboring of known terrorists and other fugitives from U.S. justice; the outstanding American property claims and judgments against the Cuban government; and the limitations that continue to be placed on American diplomats working in Havana,” wrote Rubio. “By conditioning any normalization of relations with Cuba on these topics and other areas, the U.S. can leverage the prospect of improved bilateral relations to obtain tangible benefits for both the American and Cuban peoples.

“It is important for the United States to continue being a beacon of freedom for the Cuban people,” Rubio continued. “I intend to work with my colleagues to block the Administration’s efforts to pursue diplomatic relations with Cuba and name an Ambassador to Havana until substantive progress is made on these important issues.”


LAtin American Herald Tribune

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