There will be no institutional statement condemning Cuban repression since Congress of Deputies. The deputy spokesperson of the Popular Group, Pablo Hispán, has tried to negotiate a text with the socialist foreign spokesman, Hector Gomez, to increase political pressure on the island’s regime in favor of the release of the prisoners and the transition to democracy. However, the socialists have not accepted the proposal because it refers to the “Cuban dictatorship” and affirms that the regime “has not taken any steps that allow a transition to democracy.” Two issues whose complaint is inalienable for the popular. The Socialists submitted a counterproposal that included eliminate any allusion to the “Cuban dictatorship” and point out that there is “slowness in the democratic transition” on the island.
The text has also generated another point of shock regarding the situation of freedoms on the island and the cause of the protests. The popular ones proposed to denounce that “the crisis generated by the Covid, together with the failure of the economic model and the lack of freedoms have increased the unrest in the population.” However, the Socialists did not agree on this analysis and called for the withdrawal of allusions to the failure of the economic model and the lack of freedoms. His diagnosis of the situation was reflected in the fact that “the crisis generated by Covid, together with the lack of progress in the reforms, have increased the unrest in the population.
The institutional declarations of the Congress of Deputies demand the unanimous support of all the groups, so if one of them, as is the case, does not give its support, they can no longer move forward. The party that is in the Government, by logical coordination, consults these statements with the corresponding ministry. Especially in matters of international politics to avoid a contrary position from Congress to the one defended by the Government at all times. In this case, it is the new Foreign Minister, Pablo Albares, the one that marks the position of Spain before the situation in Cuba.
The intention of the popular was to agree on a text with the socialists and then offer their adherence to the rest of the groups, already counting on the backing of the two major parties in the Chamber. It would have been difficult for parties more closely linked to the radical left such as United we can support a text that would indicate the Cuban regime as a dictatorship, but the popular ones emphasize that the PP-PSOE agreement alone would have had a lot of force for the purposes of political pressure. The initiative, however, falls before reaching that second phase.
The Socialists, for their part, remove the iron from their veto and assure that the negotiation has taken place “informally between technicians” and “not between deputies.” However, sources from the Popular Group maintain that there has been an exchange of messages between Hispán and Gómez. In any case, the level at which the exchange of texts has taken place is indifferent since the end result is the same: the word dictatorship and the denunciation of the lack of freedoms on the island as an impediment to reaching a consensus on a declaration condemning the regime. Cuban.
According to the party of Pedro Sanchez, their position on this issue is based “on the lines of the European Union” and they have offered the popular “a text with which we could talk to carry out that declaration that would be in line with Europe.”
What is devastating for the victims of Cuban repression is that, excluding the points mentioned, both groups agreed on most of the statement. Thus, they coincided in “showing our concern for the situation of human rights in Cuba, expressing our rejection of the call to ‘fight’ against Miguel Diaz-Canel, request the cessation of unjustified violence and arbitrary arrests by the Government and join the call of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. There was also an agreement to support “that the people of Cuba can freely decide their political future that gives way to a transition to democracy without external interference and that all internal economic restrictions be lifted.” Thus, a great opportunity to increase pressure on the Cuban regime is lost.