|Spain will not invite Cuban dissidents to its national day festivities in Havana this month in order to prevent any possible damage to its ongoing dialogue with the Cuban regime, officials said. |
Spain began inviting Cuban dissidents to its embassy's October 12 national day party in Havana after Cuba jailed 75 dissidents and executed three others who tried to hijack a boat to escape the island in 2003.
The move was part of a series of political and diplomatic sanctions which the European Union imposed on Cuba in reaction to the arrests and executions.
But since the sanctions were suspended at Spain's urging in 2005, Madrid has entered into a new phase of dialogue with Cuba and the practice of inviting the dissidents has been dropped, Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratino said.
"We have had success with the dialogue over human rights and concrete results. Political prisoners are free to walk the streets, we have the capacity to intervene and we are promoting the interests of our country," he told parliament.
Well hell, they can walk the streets so everything is good now. Zappo has turned Spain to digress into a needy child looking for approval. No conviction or courage allows him to meet with the dissidents. The reasoning is weak.