Brazil & Friends Want the End of the US Cuban Embargo

Cuban leader Raul Castro South American Defense ministers meeting in Santiago de Chile urged the United States on Tuesday to end the nearly half a century economic and travel embargo on Cuba.

The issue was not on the agenda for the inaugural meeting of the South American Defense Council which was officially launched in Santiago and with the participation of the twelve countries that make up the Union of South American Nations, Unasur.

"A key element for the United States to have a better relationship with South America is a change in policy towards Cuba," said Brazilian Defense minister Nelson Jobim. Brazil has been the main sponsor behind the South American Defense Council.

Cuba may have threatened US security during the Cold War but "it now poses no risk whatsoever," said Uruguay Defense Minister Jose Bayardi.

The US administration of President Barack Obama offers the best hope in decades for Cuba's return to the Organization of American States after it was expelled nearly 50 years ago, said Argentine Defense minister Nilda Garré.

"Today we see favorable conditions for the new president in the United States to put an end to this discriminatory and unjust situation," she added. "This is a pending issue in our region."

The US House of Representatives passed legislation last month to ease restrictions on trade with Cuba and family travel to the island.

US President Obama has made clear he favors relaxing limits on family travel and cash remittances by Cuban Americans to Cuba, although he has said the U.S. trade embargo should stay in place to press for democratic reforms.

The South American Defense Council is basically a multilateral forum for defense issues which should help to build confidence plus continue with the regional integration process.

Chilean Minister Jose Goni who hosted the meeting said that the new Defense Council does not aim to create a military force like NATO, but "to encourage a regional alliance to foster mutual confidence through integration, dialogue and cooperation in defense issues."

The Council seeks to strengthen South America as a "peacekeeping zone, a base for democratic stability and the peoples' integral development," Goni noted.

The organization held on Monday its first technical event, attended by deputy ministers and delegates, while ministers held private bilateral meetings, according to Santiago reports. Other issues in the agenda include defense policies, military cooperation, humanitarian actions and peacekeeping operations, industry and defense technology, training and agreeing on a mechanism to enable to compare military spending in the different budgets.

Ministers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, and Venezuela participated in the two-day event.

Mercopress

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0 #17 João da Silva 2009-03-14 02:26
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I love you ! Je t'aime ! Ich liebe dich !
Sounds like Sarko. :cry:
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0 #16 ...... 2009-03-13 17:17
Darling,

Im here ! Im not going anywhere without you, you know that !

I love you ! Je t'aime ! Ich liebe dich !

Yours,
Costeleta
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0 #15 ..... 2009-03-13 15:41
God Mess Amerika,

Costinha
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0 #14 ..... 2009-03-13 15:40
????

Costa
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0 #13 Double-Dot 2009-03-13 13:11
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IF ONLY WE COULD BE 150 YEARS EARLIER... Against my better judgement I might go against my better judgement and follow the footsteps of one of my macabre anscestors, thereby ORDERING you to be chained and beaten in pit filled with salt.... That's what low breed white trash desearves!!!
Do you mean your ancestors were black slaves or white people who slaved black people ? Because if your ancestors were black slaves they weren't macabre, however, if they were white you make a poor general racist judgement by saying That's what low breed white trash desearves.. not all white people 150 years ago behaved like you do TODAY...

Your ancestors were Gorillas from a zoo!

God bless America
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0 #12 ..... 2009-03-13 11:30
Cuba is a small poor island nation and offers no danger to anyone anymore.

The american embargo for decades now is nothing more then “symbolism” of the old american Monroe Doctrine, one of hegemony and imperialism. Luckly enough, american influence and domination are in fast decline, as other regional block of nations (i.e. BRIC, the EU and others) will surpass them in a couple of decades from now. Thank God!

I stand with President Lula on this one.

Costinha
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0 #11 forrest allen brown 2009-03-13 04:40
take note
if you can not put your idea on the back of a
business card than it is not well thought out

cuba like brasil are nice lands its just the governments
that have killed them as nice places .

yes brasil will send back cuban boxer to cuba
but will not send back a US boy back to the US

anderson
the us politicans dont have stock in compaines in cuba
and china pays a ton of money to them .
and the cubans in florida wont vote them back in if they drop
the embargo
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0 #10 Augustus 2009-03-13 04:25
IF THIS MISFIT DOES NOT DISAPPEAR AGAIN... IT'S TIME TO PRACTICE THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED...."PROCEDURES" IMPLEMENTED FOR SSII Agents
This DD living excrement must be dealt with and be tought how to address his BETTERS and SUPERIORS
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0 #9 Augustus 2009-03-13 04:22
I would rather feast on bananas than upon Excrement, which is what your kind desserves.... Just stay away practicing with your guns to murder minorities with your KKK BROTHERS...
AMEBA LIKE DOUBLE-DISTRESS... YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE!!!! IT'S INTOLERABABLE THAT YOU LACK A BRAIN TO COMPREHEND...

IF ONLY WE COULD BE 150 YEARS EARLIER... Against my better judgement I might go against my better judgement and follow the footsteps of one of my macabre anscestors, thereby ORDERING you to be chained and beaten in pit filled with salt.... That's what low breed white trash desearves!!!
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0 #8 Double-Dot 2009-03-13 03:02
If you are a well-behaved four-footed beast i will give you 2 bananas! Go and fetch the banana !
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