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#CubaNow Statement on Historic Meeting Between President Obama and Raul Castro

Ric Herrero

#CubaNow Press Release

Apr 12, 2015

MIAMI – Following their historic meeting in Panama yesterday on the margins of the Summit of the Americas, President Obama made it clear that our two governments “have very different views of how society should be organized” and that the United States would not “stop talking about issues like democracy and human rights and freedom of assembly and freedom of the press." #CubaNow Executive Director Ric Herrero issued the following statement today on this new era of constructive engagement:

“If we want to help the Cuban people shape a freer and more prosperous future, we have to play a constructive role in their present. President Obama was right to say that when we try to insert ourselves in ways that go beyond persuasion, it ends up being counterproductive. Our policy of isolation and regime change worked directly against our goals, and made it harder to promote democracy and human rights. We welcome the new era of constructive engagement that Presidents Obama and Castro have begun, even as we recognize that it will take time for the Cuban people to fully transition to what they aspire to be. Today the Cold War is truly over.”