Statement by John Clancy, spokesperson of Louis Michel, on the situation in Cuba and the EU/Cuba relations
End production: 19/02/2008 First transmission: 19/02/2008
John Clancy, spokesperson of Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, said that the European Commission was ready to seek ways to relaunch ties with Cuba, after Fidel Castro announced his retirement as President. He added that the EU's objectives were to encourage peaceful transition to a pluralist democracy, respect for human rights and improvement in the living standards of the Cuban people.
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||General view of the journalists attending the press conference
||John Clancy, spokesperson of Louis Michel, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Humanitarian Aid, (in ENGLISH) saying that the EC takes note of Cuban leader Fidel Castro's announcement not to accept another term as President; once again they reiterate their willingness to engage with Cuba in a constructive political dialogue; this dialogue with all stakeholders, including the authorities and civil society, aims to achieve the objectives of the common position of the EU and Louis Michel's upcoming trip to Cuba on 6 and 7 March underlines their willingness to engage in a constructive political dialogue with Cuba
||John Clancy (in ENGLISH) saying that the objective of the EU in its relation with Cuba is to encourage a peaceful process of transition to a pluralist democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as a sustainable recovery and improvement in the living standards of the Cuban people
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