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New Stage of Relations Between Washington and Havana Triggers Expectations of Cuban People

LADB Article ID: 79532
Category/Department: Cuba
Date: 2015-01-29
By: Daniel Vázquez

The recent joint announcement by US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro regarding the restoration of diplomatic relations after half a century of conflict between the two countries unexpectedly shook up life on the island and created a changing scenario for millions of Cubans whose hopes for a better future have been placed on their northern neighbor for decades. A result of secret negotiations between the two governments, under the impetus of mediator Pope Francis and the Vatican, the bilateral approach sparked tensions for Republican politicians as well as the bastions of Cuban exiles and their congressional representatives, all of whom have agreed that President Obama reportedly made an unprecedented act of reconciliation with a historic enemy without sufficient commitments for democratization and respect for human rights. Supporters of Obama’s decision believe that diplomatic ties with Havana will be the best way to politically influence the island after the Cold War policy that did not achieve the objective to overthrow the Castro brothers and instead has kept the Cuban people hostage.

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