|The legal structure of the 55 year U.S. trade blockade and prohibitions of travel to Cuba.Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP|
By: Emile Schepers
This week, a Cuban delegation arrived in Washington D.C. to continue discussions with the U.S. State Department on the proposals for regularizing relations between the two countries. At the same time a number of bills have been presented in the Senate and House of Representatives for the purpose of eliminating the legal structure of the 55 year U.S. trade blockade and prohibitions of travel to Cuba.
The first task, as explained by the head of Cuba's delegation, Josefina Vidal, who is in charge of U.S. affairs in the Cuban foreign ministry, is to get Cuba removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. This should be simple because everybody but the most extreme Cuba-haters agrees that Cuba is not, indeed, a state sponsor of terrorism.