Engage Cuba Creates Group of Experts on Cuba and United States Relations

The panel named Council for the Policy Towards Cuba is made up by specialists from academic and professional centers of different sectors who provide information and conclusions about the challenges and opportunities of the relations between both countries

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-01-26 | 14:39:27 EST
WASHINGTON. — The U. S Engage Cuba organization that promotes the lifting of the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, announced last Monday the creation of a new group of experts for boosting  ties between both countries.

The panel named Council for the Policy Towards Cuba (CPC), is made up by specialists from academic and professional centers of different sectors who provide information and conclusions about the challenges and opportunities of the relationship between both countries to allow them to go forward, PL reported.

«We are incredibly moved by having joined this group of leaders who have been working on issues related to Cuba and Latin America for several decades, and obtain their great experience on international politics, the chairman of Engage Cuba James Williams said.

The commission is made up by the Chairman of Alamar Associates, Kirby Jones; the expert from the Columbia University Christopher Sabatini; the member of the Nueva América organization Emily Parker; the Professor of Florida International University Guillermo Grenier, and the Chairman of the Research Center on Cuba Philip Peters.

In addition, the Professor of the American University and Co-Writer, together with Peter Kornbluh, of the book entitled Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana¬¬, William LeoGrande is also included in this group.

Cuba and the United States reestablished diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015, when their respective Interest Sections became embassies. This event marked the beginning of a long process toward the normalization of the bilateral links, a decision that had been announced on December 17, 2014 by Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama.

Cuban authorities consider the economic, commercial and trade blockade imposed by Washington in 1962 as the main obstacle to the normalization of ties.

Likewise, Cuban authorities believe that the U.S Government hasto return the Guantanamo territory, illegally occupied by the U. S Naval Base.

The Cuban Government also demands the cessation of the illegal radio and TV broadcasts from the U.S territory and the elimination of programs aimed at subverting the internal socio-political order.  

Translated by ESTI

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