Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lugar calls for rethinking U.S. embargo against Cuba

Lugar calls for rethinking U.S. embargo against Cuba; USAToday; 23 Feb 2009.

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says leadership changes in Cuba and the United States offer a chance to "reevaluate a complex relationship marked by misunderstanding, suspicion, and open hostility."

Sen. Richard Lugar, of Indiana, says a change is needed because the 47-year-old embargo has proved ineffective in bringing democracy to the island.

His remarks appear in the introduction to a report by his senior staffer, Carl Meacham, who traveled to Cuba in January. The report, dated Monday, is scheduled to be distributed this week to Lugar's Senate colleagues...

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