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Monday, March 28, 2011

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrives in Havana

Jimmy Carter, the only U.S. president, in or out of office to visit Cuba since 1959, has arrived this morning in Havana on a private mission in his second visit in nine years to the island. He was greeted at the José Martí Airport by Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs and other government officials.

Cuban Foreign Minister greets Jimmy Carter in Havana this morning
Carter is expected to meet with Cuban President Raúl Castro and discuss U.S. tribulations in its 50 year old conflict with Cuba and its Revolution. The agenda of the meeting is also supposed to include the high profile case of Alan Gross, a U.S. contractor (an euphemism for a USAID agent) found guilty in Cuba on charges of providing illegal communication devices to individuals who conspire to overthrow their constitutional government with the financial and moral support of the  U.S. Interest Section in Havana.

This afternoon Carter has already met with leaders of Cuba's Jewish community and later will do the same with Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

Unfortunately, when Jimmy Carter was president, he could not have even dreamed of talking to Cuban authorities about the many issues that divide both countries. Most U.S. presidents have opted for aggression instead of negotiation. And that failed approach to dealing with Cuba still continues today.

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