Argentina determined to have Cuba in
Mercosur Press, Wednesday, 12 November
Wednesday, 05 November
Argentina will pressure Mercosur partner Uruguay to drop its
"intransigent" opposition to the idea of offering Cuba membership in the
regional trade block, according to Argentine ambassador in Havana Raul
Earlier in the day Argentine Foreign Affairs Secretary Rafael Bielsa
confirmed that "we (Argentina and Brazil) put forward the Cuban proposal but
there's a member who is in disagreement so we still have to work on the
Ambassador Taleb was more explicit and said that the Argentine
government would work to "persuade Uruguay to rise to the circumstance", since
integrating Cuba to Latinamerica "means acknowledging reality; the worst thing
we could do is isolate Cuba".
Since taking office this year, Argentine and
Brazilian presidents Nestor Kirchner and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have
vigorously sponsored closer ties with Cuba. Mr. Kirchner in particular has made
it a point to revert Argentina's chilly policy towards Fidel Castro, in spite of
the fact that the Cuban leader is at odds with his Uruguayan counterpart, Jorge
Last week Batlle said Cuba's lack of a democratic government made it
"impossible" to contemplate any type of Mercosur membership for
Uruguay and Cuba broke off diplomatic relations after Mr. Castro
called Mr. Batlle a "foolish clown" and "US boot-licker" for having sponsored a
UN resolution condemning Cuba's human rights track record.
Mr. Bielsa has
repeatedly stated he will do everything in his power to see Cuba integrated to
the trade block in the first half of the coming year.
President Kirchner is
scheduled to visit Cuba in 2004.
"Cuba is no threat to the United States or
to any country in the world" and its integration into regional bodies could help
counter the effects of the US embargo against the island said Ambassador Taleb,
who anticipated the anachronistic embargo would "soon be lifted".
this Tuesday the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for an end
to the United States' 40-year-old economic embargo against Cuba.
marks the 12th consecutive year that the Assembly has called for an end to the
blockade. Only three nations voted against the motion, the US, Israel and the
Marshall Islands with two countries abstaining.
"The blockade is a cruel and
absurd policy that finds no support within or outside the United States," Cuban
Foreign Minister Perez Roque said.
"The blockade is the main obstacle to
Cuba's social and economic development and has caused losses to our country of
over 72 billion US dollars", added Mr. Pérez Roque.
In a rare display of
sincerity for an ambassador, Mr. Taleb went even further and stated that the
leaders of "Argentina, Cuba, Brazil and Venezuela are as the four legs of a
table on which it should be possible to discuss Latin America's problems on a
continental basis (vis a vis the
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