Declaration issued by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, in response to the decision adopted by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union on Monday, February 10th
The Cuban Government has been officially informed of the decision adopted by the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union to authorize the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Her Excellency Catherine Ashton, to initiate negotiations on the provisions of an Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation between the European Union and its member States, on one side, and the Republic of Cuba.
In October, 2008, the European Union and Cuba agreed to resume political dialogue and cooperation based on a reciprocal, unconditional and non-discriminatory approach, with full respect for the sovereign equality of States and the legal framework and institutional order of the Parties, in accordance with the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States.
Cuba believes that these principles still are absolutely valid and should continue to be a benchmark in the relations between the European Union and our country.
I reiterate what was previously expressed in the long-lasting process of reflections and consultations among the European Union member States, which preceded these results. Cuba shall consider the invitation issued by the European side in a respectful and constructive way, in the context of its national sovereignty and interests.
Havana, February 10, 2014
“Year 56 of the Revolution”