Tuesday, December 13, 2016

EU Signs Agreement with Cuba to Normalize Ties; After Death of Fidel Castro, Human Rights Denier

The EU (European Union) and Cuba yesterday signed a deal to normalize ties that had been blocked for decades by human rights concerns under communist dictator Fidel Castro -- who died last month -- the France 24 website reports today (December 13, 2016).

Cuba had been the only Latin American country that did not have a "dialogue and cooperation" deal with the EU, covering issues such as trade, human rights, and migration.

But EU ministers last week agreed to drop a policy in place since 1996 which stated that Cuba first had to improve its human rights standards before getting closer links with the bloc.

The new agreement was signed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, and representatives from 28 EU member states at a Brussels ceremony capping years of difficult negotiations.

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