Sunday, August 1

The EU asks the Cuban government to “allow” the protests and “listen to the manifestations of discontent”

Foreign policy is the competence of the States. But the European Union has a High Representative, Josep Borrell, who tries to express a consensus voice of the 27 in international matters. Thus, Borrell has introduced at the meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels an information point on the demonstrations that are taking place in Cuba, and, in addition, he has addressed the Government of the Caribbean country: “I want to defend the right to Cuban citizens to express their opinions peacefully, and that the Government allow the demonstrations and listen to expressions of discontent. ”

“The news that has arrived about Cuba has occurred at the time that the Council was meeting,” Borrell explained in a press conference after the meeting of the ministers: “As far as we know, there have been important demonstrations in various cities around the lack of medicines, for those affected by COVID-19 and against the regime. ”

“This is a manifestation of discontent that has not been known since 1994”, said the head of European diplomacy: “There have been a significant number of demonstrations and also a response from the forces of order that, for the moment, has been produced in a way that has not meant particularly violent encounters due to the news available to me. ” And he added: “You have to say everything very carefully because events can change.”

The matter, in any case, “has not been the object of discussion” within the room, according to Borrell, who concluded: “I certainly want to convey the right of the Cuban people to express their opinions in a peaceful way, and I want to ask the Government to allow these peaceful demonstrations and listen to the demonstrations of discontent. ”

According to diplomatic sources, Borrell “has mentioned the situation without commenting,” because “it is a bit early. There has been no discussion, the only comment has come from Borrell, without evaluating it, without depth. Depending on the events, we will have additional news. The analysis starts from some media events. From there, there is an EU delegation that analyzes the embassies of the 27, the heads of mission who meet to analyze the situation … It has a diplomatic normality that is to see what happens. From there, there will be more formed opinions, and on the part of the EU External Action Service, there will be lines of reflection. We have to wait to see how everything evolves, knowing the framework in which we operate. The internal European process has to be slowed down to better understand what is happening. ”

Foreign remains waiting

The Foreign Ministry, which this Monday saw the replacement of Arancha González Laya by José Manuel Albares, remains awaiting events. “We all have to wait a little bit,” explains a source, “if it lasts longer, if it takes a more consistent look … It is a bit premature now. It is too early to say anything.”

“We have to wait and see how everything evolves, knowing the framework in which we operate, with a country with which we have a lot of relationship, and it is very important to us,” continues the source.

The person who did speak out was the Secretary of State for Agenda 2030, Enrique Santiago. The deputy of United We Can and secretary general of the PCE has affirmed: “Cuba is enduring the toughest blockade in history, a measure contrary to international law that prevents the arrival of food, medical supplies and financial resources. The most effective humanitarian aid is to comply with the United Nations resolutions and lift the blockade now. ”

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