Friday, May 27, 2005

German foreign minister Joschka Fischer said yesterday, after meeting with his Spanish colleague Miguel Ángel Moratinos, that he was not "satisfied at all" with the effects of the European Union's policy toward Cuba, which the Zapatero administration favors. "I'm not happy at all. We strongly criticize the situation for human rights and democratic freedom in Cuba. Expelling a Euro MP or an MP from any EU country's parliament for meeting with dissidents is unacceptable and must be criticized," said Fischer at a joint press conference with Moratinos. Fischer said, "Germany will carefully analyze the situation regarding the decision the European Union should make, but it is clear that Cuba has to make a move. We are dealing with human rights, with fundamental democratic freedoms. This will influence our future relations, either negatively or positively," with the Castro regime.

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