Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Dealing with Cuba the Commonwealth Way

I am extremely pleased to see the approach the new US President has taken towards Cuba during his first 100 days in office. Moves to lift some of the travel and trade restrictions could open a dialogue between the 2 countries that has been closed since President Kennedy isolated the Island in the 60s.

Engaging the countries that were previously given pariah status is a good step forward, talk that leads to understanding is always preferable to conflict. President Obama is using strategies similar to those we use in the Commonwealth in his dealings with Cuba, by lessening the restriction on Cuba a white house press spokesman reported that the president hopes “that creating independence, creating space for the Cuban people to operate freely from the regime is the kind of space they need to start the process toward a more democratic Cuba”

By engaging in direct dialogue change can be encouraged in good governance, human rights and economic development, this is the approach the Commonwealth has taken and now we are a community of 53 democracies.

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