Cuba, EU to resume normalization talks with deal in sight
Havana (AFP) – Cuba and the European Union are set to resume talks on
normalizing relations next week as an agreement appears in sight, the EU
office in Havana said Wednesday.
The European Union suspended relations with Havana in 2003 over a
crackdown on journalists and activists, but both sides are now pushing a
new accord in the wake of a historic rapprochement between Washington
Negotiators for both sides will meet in Havana on March 3 and 4 for a
seventh round of talks, a statement from the office of the EU
representative in Cuba said.
Talks will be headed by the EU’s Christian Leffler and Cuban deputy
foreign minister Abelardo Moreno, the statement said.
Cuba is the only Latin American country without a framework cooperation
agreement with the European Union.
The final points still to be hammered out include reaching a consensus
on the issue of human rights, according to European diplomatic sources.
The EU moved to accelerate the process of normalizing relations, which
began in mid-2014, after Havana and Washington announced a historic
detente, restoring diplomatic relations in July 2015.
Cuba has been pushing the European Union to scrap its nearly 20-year
“common position,” which makes restoring European ties with the island
contingent on democratic reforms.
The European Union is currently Cuba’s second most important trading
partner after Venezuela.
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