Mujica delivers Obama message to Castro: 'let's talk about lifting the trade embargo”
Uruguay's president Jose Mujica delivered a message from Barak Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro proposing the opening of dialogue to discuss the blockade, reported the Montevideo media on Thursday. The occasion was the recent G77 summit held in Bolivia.
According to the weekly Busqueda, which regularly reports on Mujica's activities, the Uruguayan president met with Castro in Santa Cruz de la Sierra last 14 June and delivered the message which was coordinated when Mujica visited the White House last May.
Allegedly the message was that the US government was prepared to reach an agreement with Cuba, for among other things lifting the trade embargo which has been standing for 54 years.
Castro showed great interest in the proposal according to the report and Mujica left the meeting with Raul Castro, quite optimistic. Castro had a positive attitude towards the proposal as long as there were 'no conditions' from Washington.
The official line from the US has been that there must be an improvement in human rights conditions and political freedoms in the Castro brothers fiefdom before any softening of the blockade.
Last month former urban guerrilla Mujica, 79, and considered a leading figure in Latin America visited the US where he was received with full honors by President Obama and top figures of his administration.
At the White House Obama said that Mujica was a man with an extraordinary credibility in democracy and human rights affairs and a leader in these fields in the whole of the western hemisphere.
Allegedly during the meeting Obama said that now was the right time to reach an agreement with Cuba since he has only two more years in office, before a new president moves into the White House.
A year ago Mujica also visited Havana where he met Raul Castro and his brother Fidel Castro, and besides addressing the peace process in Colombia between the government and the FARC guerrilla, they also talked about possible links with Washington.