Fidel Castro: New US Rules Positive, Minimal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HAVANA (AP) - Fidel Castro said Tuesday that U.S. rules allowing unlimited family travel and remittances to the island are "positive, although minimal."

The ailing 82-year-old ex-president saluted the U.S. rules changes announced by the Obama administration in a column posted on a government Web site Tuesday.

But he wrote that "we need many others" including the elimination of the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy. Under that rule, Cubans fleeing the island who are apprehended on the high seas are returned home while those who make it to U.S. territory can stay.

Earlier, Castro wrote that the changes did not go far enough. "Of the blockade, which is the cruelest of measures, not a word was uttered," Castro said in a column posted online Monday night.

Castro, who has been unusually prolific in recent days, lambasted the Organization of American States Tuesday afternoon in his third essay in a little more than 24 hours.

"Does the OAS have the right to exist?" the headline read.

Cuba was expelled from the OAS in 1962 after member nations said its communist regime went against the hemispheric body's principles. Cuba's possible return to the OAS is expected to be among topics discussed at the Summit of the Americas opening Thursday in Trinidad.

Castro reacted angrily to a recent news story quoting OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza as saying the group still insists that all members "adhere to democratic principles."

"He knows that we don't want to hear the infamous name of that institution," Castro wrote. "It has not provided a single service to our peoples; it is the incarnation of betrayal."


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