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Spain calls for ‘understanding’ from released Cuban political prisoners

Monday, July 19th 2010 - 00:21 UTC
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Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spanish Foreign Affairs minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spanish Foreign Affairs minister

Spanish Foreign Affairs minister Míguel Angel Moratinos called for “understanding” from the released Cuban political prisoners which arrived in Spain and who are complaining about their ‘undefined’ legal status.

“You will have the best possible status with no doors closed if you wish to return to Cuba, that is Spain’s commitment”, said Moratinos from Kazakhstan where he attended a European ministerial meeting on security and cooperation.

Some of the eleven released Cubans have protested about their legal status since arriving in Spain fearing they are in a “legal limbo”.

“We don’t feel free to decide on our own future and we’ve been told that they will declare us legal immigrants and distribute us in several Spanish cities”, said Ricardo Alonso González.

Moratinos recalled that the group travelled to Spain ‘voluntarily’ after having been released by the Castro brothers’ regime and that Madrid’s intention is to grant them all possible facilities so “they can decide where to reside”.

Receiving the first batch of eleven released political prisoners, plus another nine and their relatives, scheduled to arrive next Tuesday, totalling 135 underscores the ‘generosity’ of the Spanish Executive and its people, indicated Moratinos.

“I’m only asking for some understanding, not gratitude”, said the Spanish official.

The release of the 20 Cuban political prisoners is part of the commitment made by the Cuban regime to release 52 political prisoners from the so-called Group of 75, imprisoned since 2003, in a period of four months, within the framework of its dialogue with the Cuban Catholic Church and the Spanish government.

The political prisoners have declined the offer of going to Spain, but whether they will also be freed and be allowed to stay on the island is as yet unknown.


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  • Duglas

    Send the ungrateful bass turds to Somalia !

    Jul 19th, 2010 - 08:46 am 0
  • Akula

    One more world shame

    Is it fair this Spanish Minister Morantinos? Let us see; Cuban Government creates a problem kidnapping innocent people - putting them in jail- because they think different about live they have there.

    Several years after that Cuban Government solves the problem giving freedom to jailed people.

    It means solving the problem they had created, like Fouché in France during Napoleon times.

    Now, the Cuban government should get some rewards as is stating the Spanish government by Morantinos mouth in the European Union.

    Where is the famous Spanish judge Garzon who defends poors against abuses?

    Spain is looking only to protect unfair economic interest some rich Spanish people have in Cuba.

    It is White and comes Bottled: Milk!. Bingo

    This Cuban government acts must be punished, but not rewarded.

    What a shame! And almost all the world expect silently, yeah

    What is that?

    Yes another, and one more world shame. Nothing more.

    Jul 19th, 2010 - 10:26 am 0
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