Time for the U.S. and Cuba to Talk and More

The modest collaboration between the State Department and the Cuban government concerning the use of Cuban airspace and cooperation in providing medical relief to the Haitian people represents an opportunity for transition toward a more positive relationship between Washington and Havana. This cooperation demonstrates common humanitarian values that both nations share. The two governments should use these values and this opportunity to open a space for dialogue.

Privately, many U.S. and Cuban officials acknowledge that they are inclined to support steps toward reconciliation, though each side appears to harbor doubts of the other’s sincerity in attempts to move beyond historical rancor.

Although President Obama’s repeal of travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans constitutes a step in the right direction, it was hardly enough to signal to Havana its readiness for détente.

The two ancient foes need not strive for a home run; a bunt single will do.

5 thoughts on “Time for the U.S. and Cuba to Talk and More

  • January 30, 2010 at 4:17 am
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    There will beno further advances as long as Fidl Castro is alive tough I wish him a long life. When
    Raul Castro said he would be willing to have discussion where all issue wouldbe on the table,
    in response to President Obama's offer, Fidel promptly contradicts his brother by saying that there
    are certain things such as relaease of political proners that are not for discussion.

    So, athough I am sympatheric to the end to the embargo, Fidel's reply was a slap in the face of
    the US President. So let cuba-american relations stay where it is. The US should not advance any further cobncessons. Cuba are the ones that need the liberalized relationship. Let them make the next move. Why should Obama risk alienating his Florida supporters for the betterment of Cuba
    when the Cubns cannot vote for him.

    Vive Cuba, non.

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  • January 30, 2010 at 4:54 am
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    Haiti is making history.
    Fidel Castro Alejandro Castro Ruz grew up with Haitians family in Cuba. As a matter of fact, the Haitian Consul in Havana, Mr. Louis Hibert and his wife baptized Fidel Castro in 1934. The butcher Francois Duvalier and his shameless vote at OAS against Cuba was responsible for the embargo against Cuba.The current modus vivendi in Haiti between the Cubans and the Americans might lead to a diplomatic breakthrough.

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  • January 30, 2010 at 11:25 am
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    Max Lambie, whome do you mean when talking about "political proners"?
    Moreover, I don't remember any word of Fidel Castro which could have been interpreted as a slap into anybodies face.
    In the opposite, most comments of Fidel Castro on Obama's policy, especially at his inauguration sounded hopefully and respectfully.
    However, as you say, the key for the improvement of relations between US and Cuba seem to be: "Why should Obama risk alienating his Florida supporters …?"
    Those Florida supporters are to a large extent responsible not only for the so-called embargo, but also for terrorist acts against Cuba causing until 1999 3,478 dead and 2,099 invalid Cuban people.
    The "Cuban Five" managed to prevent more than 170 terrorist attacks against their country.
    For this "crime" they have to be punished from the point of view of the involved exile Cubans. As soon as Obama dares to exercise his presidential power of pardoning the Cuban Five not only Cuban authorities could believe in his integrity, but the whole world could do also.

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  • January 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm
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    After hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered to the United States some of the best trained natural disaster doctors in the world. I hardly think that would have been possible without the blessing of Fidel Castro. Sometimes it's impossible to know what is really going on when politics is involved. I hope that it is not because of a handful of Florida votes.

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  • February 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm
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    just explain to me one thing: why does the USA have an embargo on a small and poor country like Cuba at a time when the USSR no longer exists and communism has been defeated for good but does plenty of business and has regular political and diplomatic ties with China which is a communist country, does not recognize freedom of speech and has tons of political prisoners?

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