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NOVEMBER 2004

U.S. exporters throw party for Castro's brother.

By Anthony Boadle

HAVANA, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Wealthy Florida businessmen who export to Cuba threw an 80th birthday party for Cuban President Fidel Castro's elder brother, Ramon, on Monday and wished him good health and a long life.

Between rum mojitos, daiquiris and the occasional cigar, the mostly Republican capitalist executives hobnobbed with Cuban Communist Party officials, hoping the winner of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election will put an end to four decades of trade and travel restrictions against Cuba.

"It's his 80th birthday. He is my best friend down here, and I thought I would do the right thing," said John Parke Wright IV, a rancher from Naples, Florida. He sells cattle to Cuba and organized the dinner for Ramon, the farmer in the Castro family.

Ramon Castro said his brother Fidel, 78, was recovering from a fall two weeks ago in which he broke his knee and had to have his left leg put in a plaster cast. The Castro brothers have "good genes," he joked, noting their Spanish father died at 83.

More than a third of the 250 Americans attending this week's annual trade fair in Havana are from Florida, the U.S. state that stands to gain most from open trade with Cuba. It is also home to politically influential anti-Castro exiles who staunchly oppose lifting the embargo on Cuba.

U.S. PRESSURE CONTINUES

While trade sanctions were eased in 2000 to allow the sale of food and agricultural products, the Bush administration has sought to undermine Castro - in power since 1959 - with new travel restrictions and curbs on financial flows to Cuba.

Bush appealed for Cuban-American votes in Miami on Sunday by pledging to keep up the pressure on Castro to free Cuba from the "tyrant."

Parke Wright, a Republican, hopes the next U.S. president will not only end sanctions but restore diplomatic ties with Havana broken off by the Eisenhower administration in 1961.

"Why shouldn't we trade with Cuba if we trade with China," said Chris Aberle, sales director for FC Stone, which recently opened an office in Beijing.

"My job is to find new markets for American grain producers," said Aberle, who has sold $75 million in corn, wheat and soybeans to Cuba in three years. "We are doing the right thing. These people are hungry."

CUBA IS MAJOR CUSTOMER

Cuba has bought $834 million worth of mainly grains, cereal and poultry since 2001, making the United States its main food supplier and seventh trading partner. About 90 percent of the purchases have been from a handful of companies such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM.N), Cargill (CARG.CM) and Iowa-based FC Stone.

It is a profitable and secure business because Havana is barred credit under U.S. sanctions and is forced to pay cash.

"I'm here for the business, not the politics," said Michael Lanahan, a lumber exporter from Jacksonville, Florida, a Bush supporter who is on his 17th trip to Cuba.

Cuba, which is banking on U.S. tourism to inject dollars into its cash-strapped economy, is not officially backing any candidate in the U.S. presidential race, though most officials expect an easing of tensions if Democrat John Kerry wins.

The top official attending the dinner, Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's National Assembly, said Kerry has supported lifting travel restrictions imposed by Bush, even though he would maintain the trade and investment embargo.

"Within a year, this will open up to trade and travel, whoever wins tomorrow," said Aberle.

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH TO BE BUILT IN HAVANA.

MOSCOW, November 2 (RIA Novosti's Olga Lipich) - A Russian Orthodox church will be built in the center of Havana and its groundbreaking ceremony should be held in mid November, the Foreign Church Relations Department (OVCS) of the Moscow Patriarchate said.

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II and Eusebio Leal, a deputy of Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power (parliament) and a well-known historian, discussed the construction at St. Daniel's Monastery in Moscow.

"On behalf of head of the Cuban state Fidel Castro, Professor Leal presented the Holiest Patriarch church project," the OVCS said. The project was developed at Mr. Leal's architecture office and is based on Moscow architect Vorontsov's drafts. The project includes housing for clergymen and areas for parish work.

According to the OVCS, Unesco recognized the center of Havana as a cultural heritage site and the center's preservation and rehabilitation are credited to Mr. Leal.

"The professor expressed hope that the sublime Russian Orthodox church will become a remarkable decoration for the Cuban capital and that it will help the Orthodox in Cuba and Caribbean countries," the OVCS said.

During his conversation with Alexy II, Mr. Leal said that there were 8,000 Orthodox Christians in Havana.

Mr. Leal also said the Orthodox Church was unique in its commitment to keeping the holy fathers' tradition undamaged and for its deep reverence of the Virgin Mary, and that both of these features were particularly prized by the people of Cuba.

11/01/2004

Cuba: adiós a las zonas francas


Fernando Ravsberg
BBC, La Habana

Las zonas francas podrían desaparecer como tales en un plazo relativamente corto, según expresaron empresarios europeos y confirmó en exclusiva a la BBC el vicepresidente cubano Carlos Lage.

"No se van a cerrar; se está haciendo una adecuación de las funciones, objetivos y misiones de las zonas francas como unas zonas de intercambio, de almacenamiento, de relación comercial", dijo Lage.

De acuerdo con algunos empresarios europeos que quieren mantener el anonimato, el gobierno cubano les plantea tres opciones: acreditarse ante la Cámara de Comercio, formar una empresa mixta o abandonar el país.

Lage confirmó estas opciones, agregó que algunas empresas trabajarán a consignación y afirmó que "se va a hacer en cada caso lo más conveniente en un proceso que viene marchando desde hace un tiempo".

Inicios


Las zonas francas nacieron hace ya una década como una forma de atraer capitales. El proyecto cubano era de utilizarlas como plataformas para facilitar la instalación de empresas productivas.

Al inicio se apostó a que estas zonas libres de impuestos traerían al país capitales, tecnología y mercados, además de ser una fuente de ocupación en un momento en que el país enfrentaba un gran desempleo.

Sin embargo, la mayoría de los empresarios que utilizan hoy en día estas zonas están dedicados al comercio de productos que llegan al país ya completamente elaborados por lo que no generan empleos en Cuba.

"En cada zona franca hay sólo 3 ó 4 empresas que producen algo; el resto somos importadores natos", dijo a la BBC un empresario europeo que ya recibió la orden de prepararse para abandonar su oficina.

Posibilidades

Las primera opción que tienen las empresas es tratar de acreditarse ante la Cámara de Comercio, lo cual conlleva una serie de trámites tan largos que pueden tardar años, aunque en este caso podrían ser mas ágiles.

La otra posibilidad es que los empresarios se asocien con alguna empresa cubana con el fin de desarrollar algún tipo de producción cooperada, procedimiento más sencillo pero que implica una dirección conjunta con Cuba.

Por último, está la variante remarcada por Carlos Lage de que las empresas trabajen a consignación, es decir que dejen sus productos y vayan cobrando en la medida en que se venden en el país.

Así en los próximos meses, los empresarios extranjeros que hoy operan en las zonas francas del país deberán decidir entre una de estas tres variantes o ante una cuarta, la de dejar sus negocios con Cuba.

Nota de BBCMundo.com:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/hi/spanish/latin_america/newsid_3973000/3973445.stm

Publicada: 2004/11/01 21:55:01 GMT

COMERCIO-CUBA: Exportaciones crecen 34 por ciento

IPS


LA HABANA, 2 nov - Las exportaciones de Cuba crecieron 34 por ciento en los primeros nueve meses de este año respecto del mismo período de 2003, informó el ministro de Comercio Exterior, Raúl de la Nuez.
En tanto, las importaciones aumentaron apenas 15 por ciento en el mismo lapso, señaló De la Nuez, al participar de la XXII Feria Internacional de La Habana.
A esta reunión comercial, que se desarrollará durante toda la semana en un recinto ferial de las afueras de la capital cubana, asisten representantes de 1.181 empresas, de las cuales 720 provienen de 45 países de todos los continentes.
Entre los asistentes hay 241 empresarios de 125 compañías del sector agroalimentario de Estados Unidos, casi el doble de los que participaron en la pasada edición.
La presencia de representantes de Estados Unidos en actividades de este tipo en Cuba creció desde el inicio en 2001 de las compras cubanas de alimentos al contado en ese país, una excepción al embargo comercial contra esta isla caribeña que ya tiene más de 40 años.
Mientras, De la Nuez aseguró que el comercio no se verá afectado por las nuevas regulaciones bancarias que decretan el cese de la circulación del dólar estadounidense en Cuba a partir del 8 de este mes.
El ministro señaló que La Habana profundizará la integración comercial con América Latina y el Caribe, gracias a 12 acuerdos bilaterales firmados con países de esa región.
También previó un incremento de las relaciones comerciales con China, Vietnam y otros países asiáticos.
El Ministerio de Comercio Exterior trabajará en la identificación de nuevas vías de intercambio con Africa y continuará reforzando las relaciones con Europa y Canadá buscando un mayor acceso a esos mercados, apuntó.
A la Feria de La Habana asisten representantes de gobierno y empresarios de Alemania, Argentina, Bélgica, China, España, Francia, Italia, México, Panamá, Perú, Republica Checa, Rusia, Sudáfrica, Venezuela y Vietnam, entre otros países. (FIN/da)

Havana plans daily 6-hour blackouts to ease electricity crisis

Havana, Oct 3 (EFE).- Cuban authorities announced a daily six-hour blackout plan for Havana as one of the steps taken by the government recently to stem the island's serious electric crisis.

Under the plan published in Sunday's Juventud Rebelde official newspaper, the lights will go out in the capital at the same time every day, Monday through Friday.

But blackout hours will be rotated among groups of Havana municipalities on weekends.

The plan's objective is "to contribute to the organization of production, services and the family life of our people," the announcement said.

The cuts are one of a set of measures announced this week by Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage to meet the island's serious power deficit following a breakdown at the island's largest thermoelectric plant in May that has caused unintended blackouts of up to 11 hours.

Other government measures include the closing of 118 companies, the reduction of the workday by half an hour and the halting of various production plants.

Lage said the measures are aimed at "reducing blackouts and their effect on the population to the extent possible, and achieving better distribution."

"Everything necessary will be done to have a more secure and more reliable system," Lage said on local television.

The Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant, in the western province of Matanzas, suffered a broken rotor on May 5 caused by a sharp drop in temperature, which made the usual blackouts on the island even more prevalent. EFE eyy/ds/cd

Cuban Visas to U.S. on the Rise

1 October 2004

HAVANA (AP) - The U.S. government allowed several hundred more Cubans to migrate to America over the past year that during the year previous, according to figures released Friday.

The American mission in Cuba said it had granted 23,000 immigrant visas for Cubans during the U.S. fiscal year that just ended -- 2,000 more than last year and 3,000 more than required by migration accords.

Under migration agreements signed in the mid-1990s, the United States must provide at least 20,000 visas to Cubans annually, and Cuba must discourage its citizens from making risky attempts to immigrate illegally to the United States.

The accords are aimed at encouraging safe, legal and orderly migration from Cuba to the United States.

Nevertheless, hundreds still leave communist Cuba each year on smugglers' fast boats, or homemade rafts made with floating inner tubes, heading toward an uncertain fate in hopes of illegally reaching the United States.

The U.S. statement also called on the Cuban government to grant exit permits to more than 1,600 Cubans it says have been granted American immigration visas but denied permission by their own country to leave.

Many of those Cubans are doctors or other professionals who the Cuban government considers too important to the functioning of society to allow them to immigrate in large numbers.

Feud erupts over Cuba trade; A U.S. company that sells food products to Cuba has rescinded an agreement to push Washington to ease U.S. economic sanctions on the island, causing tempers to flare. CUBA

BY NANCY SAN MARTIN

nsanmartin@herald.com

3 October 2004

The Miami Herald

WASHINGTON

A Houston company's recent cancellation of an agreement with Cuba has sparked new complaints about Havana's insistence that Americans wishing to sell products to Cuba should first agree to push Washington to ease economic sanctions against the communist-ruled island.

The nonbinding ''advocacy agreements'' have been multiplying since Cuba began importing U.S. food and food products in 2001, following crop damage from Hurricane Michelle.

The United States is now Cuba's largest source of food and agricultural imports, with sales of about $677 million.

Although the agreements have been criticized by supporters of U.S. sanctions against Cuba as a veiled form of blackmail, they were signed by at least four members of Congress, the governor of Kansas and several agricultural associations.

But in recent months, U.S. businesses have been privately grumbling that Alimport, Cuba's food-importing monopoly, has increased pressure for political cooperation.

Americans who have exported food products to Cuba or wish to do so report that they 'are receiving pressure . . . to be `more public' and 'more forceful' about their opposition to the United States policy,'' the New York-based U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council reported recently.

NO VIOLATIONS

Americans also 'report that representatives of Alimport have decreased purchases from . . . [U.S.] companies whose `commitment' to a change in United States policy . . . is suspect; or have stated that products would be sourced from those United States-based companies that 'support our position,' '' the USCTEC report added.

Defenders of trade with Cuba point out that the agreements do not violate U.S. laws and said the agreements are simply efforts to promote increased trade, to the benefit of American producers.

''The trade that we are talking about is already a United States law,'' said Rep. Loretta Sánchez, D-Calif., who with her sister, Rep. Linda Sánchez, D-Calif., signed an agreement with Alimport. ``Part of what I do as a congresswoman is help my farmers sell their products.''

The long-simmering issue erupted after the Houston-based Sysco Corp., announced on Aug. 23 that it was rescinding its advocacy agreement with Alimport.

The move meant the nation's largest food service provider lost a deal to provide Cuba with $500,000 worth of goods.

Such limited sales are allowed under a 2000 law that requires Cuba to pay the U.S. providers in cash.

Sysco did not return Herald phone calls, and efforts to reach the Cuban Interests Section in Washington were unsuccessful.

Cuba has long directed its purchases of U.S. goods toward firms and states it hopes will influence Capitol Hill to ease the U.S. trade and travel restrictions. But the advocacy agreements go a step beyond.

''These agreements are a corruption of the commercial process,'' said USCTEC President John Kavulich. ``Once you include an advocacy clause, they're no longer commercial agreements, they're political documents.''

FOREIGN AGENT

Some critics also say that any American who signs an advocacy agreement should be required to register as a foreign agent since the person or company would have promised to lobby on behalf of the Cuban government.

A U.S. Department of Justice website describes the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 as applying to ``any individual or organization . . . who represents the interests of a foreign principal before any agency or official of the U.S. government.''

However, those pursuing business deals with Havana say the agreements, also known as ''memorandums of understanding'' or ''joint communiqués,'' are merely goodwill gestures among trading partners.

''Foreign lobbyist registration should not be required any more than for any public official who advocates the benefits of improved relations or a change in U.S. policy toward any other nation,'' Idaho Republican Rep. C.L. ''Butch'' Otter, who signed one of the agreements earlier this year, said in an e-mail to The Herald.

A `FRAMEWORK'

''It's important to note that this only provides the framework for future negotiations; it is not a contract or even an agreement,'' added Steve Hollister, a spokesman for Port Manatee.

The port's executive director, David McDonald, signed an agreement with Cuba last November stating his ''intention to work toward free and unrestricted travel and trade relations'' between Cuba and the United States.

But the port's governing entity later voted to reject that language, Hollister said.

Port officials are nevertheless pursuing contracts with Cuba that would allow Port Manatee to accommodate cargo en route to the island, Hollister added.

Cuba temporarily shuts some hotels to counter severe electrical problems on island

By VANESSA ARRINGTON

1 October 2004

HAVANA (AP) - A major Cuban government hotel chain temporarily closed at least 16 hotels across the island Friday under measures to combat severe problems in the country's electrical system.

The hotels will reopen Nov. 1, said Maria de los Angeles Font, lawyer for the Hotel Riviera, among four hotels affected in the capital.

"We are one of the highest consumers (of energy)," Font said in a telephone interview. "To not affect other sectors, this hotel is closing down."

Guests were being moved to other hotels.

The other Havana hotels closed for October are the Neptuno, St. John's and Villa Los Pinos, according to an e-mail the Gran Caribe hotel chain sent to travel operators.

The Puntarena, Villa Cuba, Laurel-Tortuga and Cabanas del Sol hotels are closed for the month in Varadero, a beach resort about 85 miles (140 kilometers) east of Havana. A half-dozen other hotels in Varadero will operate at limited capacity.

Hotels in Cayo Largo del Sur, Las Tunas, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba are also affected, according to the e-mail.

Cuba's communist government on Wednesday announced it would schedule energy-saving blackouts in neighborhoods and shut 118 power-consuming factories during October. The temporary closure of the hotels was not mentioned at the time.

The blackouts have created havoc in Cubans' daily lives, affecting water service, spoiling food and silencing fans and air conditioners in the tropical heat.

President Fidel Castro appeared three subsequent nights this week on Cuban television to discuss the problems plaguing Cuba's electrical grid in recent months.



CUBA DENIES IT OWES US$130 MLN TO INDONESIA

JAKARTA, Oct 4 Asia Pulse - The Cuban government has denied it owes US$30 million to Indonesia because of a rice purchase in 1993 as reported by the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) to the House of Representatives (DPR).

Cuban Ambassador to Indonesia Miguel Ramirez Ramos refuted the Bulog report at a meeting with the House leadership represented by Deputy Speaker AM Fatwa on Sept 28.

The Bulog had reported to the House it was investigating the rice sale transaction with Cuba because there was no clarity about the payment, the House said in a statement made available on Wednesday.

There were differences between the date and information possessed by the House and those by the Cuban government about the transaction, it said.

Bulog data showed the sale took place in 1993. The Bulog data were also used by a House delegation led by AM Fatwa to visit Cuba in February 2002 to make further enquiries.

However, the Cuban government had denied that it had such a debt and claimed it had settled the matter with the Hong Kong branch of PT Berdikari.

According to the Cuban government, it had bought the rice in 1997 and not in 1993.

The Cuban ambassador explained this at a meeting with the House leaders.

Ramirez added that Alimport and Cubazucar, Cuban state companies, along with PT Berdikari signed a three-party agreement on June 27 in 1997, appointing Alimport to import the rice, while Cubazucar would pay for the rice with sugar. And if the Cubazucar could not meet its obligation to supply the sugar, Alimport would be responsible for it.

On PT Berdikari, Ramirez said in the negotitiations, Berdikari FC Limited was represented by JR Macines. At the time, the company had a branch in Indonesia.

"There was never a question to the Alimport company nor to the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry on the reason of using PT Berdikari Indonesia or Hong Kong or whether there was an agreement between Bulog and Berdikari," he said.

Those involved in the rice-purchase contract were Alimport and Hong Kong-based Berdikari.

When the agreement was signed, Ramirez added, the authority in the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry asked for a meeting with the Indonesian ambassador in Havana to explain its position in the case.

A meeting between Alimport, Bulog and Jakarta-based PT Berdikarti and Hong Kong-based Berdikari in Cuba was never held as the Bulog and Jakarta-based Berdikari never visited Cuba as the Hong Kong-based Berdikari did. The fact showed they would sue Alimport.

"The authority in Cuba had explained these to all Indonesians visiting Cuba, including the AM Fatwa-led delegation," he said.

He said Cuba understood there was a big possibility of an agreement between Bulog and Hong Kong-based Berdikari but such an agreement did not involve Cuba which had valid contacts with the Hong Kong-based Berdikari. (ANTARA)

11/02/2004

Washington advierte a Cuba que no tolerará nueva ola de balseros

PABLO ALFONSO
El Nuevo Herald

Estados Unidos no va a permitir un nuevo episodio de balseros que salgan ilegalmente de Cuba como consecuencia de la crisis económica que enfrenta el régimen de Fidel Castro, agravada ahora por el descontento que genera la falta de energía eléctrica, advirtió un alto funcionario del Departamento de Estado.

''Le hemos advertido anteriormente al gobierno cubano que Estados Unidos considerará como una amenaza a su seguridad nacional cualquier intento de manipular o provocar una emigración masiva hacia nuestras costas'', afirmó el secretario de Estado Adjunto para Asuntos Hemisféricos, Roger Noriega. ``Creo que ellos han entendido el mensaje''.

Noriega respondió así a preguntas de El Nuevo Herald en el marco de la Conferencia de Las Américas, que durante dos días sesionó en el Hotel Biltmore de Coral Gables.

El gobierno de Cuba anunció el miércoles severas medidas de restricción en el servicio eléctrico, adoptadas como consecuencia de desperfectos en la principal termoeléctrica de la isla.

Las medidas parecen encaminadas a calmar el creciente malestar de la población, aún a costa de paralizar importantes renglones de producción, programas educativos y sociales.

''Los cubanos han expresado descontento por los apagones --de hasta 11 horas diarias-- incluso con gritos, insultos y comentarios callejeros'', afirmó un despacho de la agencia Associated Press desde La Habana.

Durante todo el mes de octubre se paralizarán 118 fábricas en todo el país a fin de utilizar ese gasto de energía, para ofrecerla a la población que durante varios meses ha estado sufriendo largos e incómodos apagones.

A partir de ahora y durante cuatro meses la jornada laboral se reduce en media hora; los comercios cerrarán una hora más temprano y se pondrá en marcha un programa nacional de apagones que podría extenderse hasta principios del próximo año.

El vicepresidente del Consejo de Estado, Carlos Lage, señalo que las nuevas medidas tienen como fin ''buscar el máximo de ahorro en la economía de consumo de electricidad, aunque le significa al país más gastos de combustible y de importación'', debido a los renglones que se dejarán de producir.

El último éxodo de balseros se produjo en 1994, en el clímax de la crisis provocada en la isla por el derrumbe del comunismo en Europa del Este y la desaparición de la Unión Soviética, que subsidiaba a la ineficiente economía cubana.

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El Nuevo Herald

October 2, 2004 Saturday ES EDITION

HEADLINE: Error cortar los lazos con Cuba, afirma Allbright

RUI FERREIRA

La ex secretaria de Estado Madeleine Albright declaro ayer en Miami que la restriccion en las remesas a Cuba y la limitacion de las visitas familiares, no conducen necesariamente a la desaparicion del regimen castrista.

''Hay quien tiene una vision ideologica de la cuestion, y por ende, una agenda politica; pero hay tambien una agenda humana en todo esto. Prohibir el envio de dinero a la abuela, los hermanos o los tios; no dejar ir a una boda familiar o estar tres anos sin ir a Cuba, es sencillamente una crueldad'', afirmo Albright.

La ex canciller de la administracion de Bill Clinton defendio la politica de aproximacion que ella implemento a su paso por el Departamento de Estado, lo cual trajo como resultado una ampliacion de los contactos con la poblacion cubana como ''una buena forma de participar en un proceso de transicion''.

''Durante muchos anos me he dedicado a estudiar como acabar con el comunismo en muchos lados, en Cuba tambien, y creo que cortar ese tipo de contactos es un error'', senalo Albright.

Despues de todo, enfatizo, una de las conclusiones a las que llego tras esos anos de estudios, es que el caso cubano en estos momentos ''no se parece a ningun otro'', incluidos los de Europa Oriental, porque ''se da el hecho de que [el gobernante cubano, Fidel] Castro, que es el origen de la revolucion, es carismatico, aun esta alli. Y me pregunto si no debiamos de algun modo sostener algun tipo de comunicacion [con el]'', apunto la ex secretaria de Estado.

Albright vino a Miami para asistir al debate presidencial del jueves, y ayer estuvo en la conferencia anual sobre las Americas organizada por The Miami Herald.

Pero Cuba no fue el unico topico que abordo en el discurso principal de ayer en la ultima jornada del evento.

''Hemos intentado unir a las Americas, pero me temo que no lo hemos logrado. Las divisiones son profundas, el crecimiento economico es un problema y la mayor parte de la gente vive con $2 al dia'', declaro Albright.

En su opinion, la demagogia en Latinoamerica es casi una enfermedad endemica que lleva ''a muchos a creer que la democracia no funciona porque no ven una mejoria en sus vidas''.

''Las instituciones [democraticas] que estan alli para proteger a la gente, en muchos casos las explotan. No hay una democracia perfecta, pero es el mejor sistema que se ha disenado'' y ''hay que decir a la gente que es un proceso que tarda anos en construirse, que no debe ser motivo de pesimismo, sino de determinacion'', dijo Albright.

Despues de todo, ''no soy marxista, pero es una realidad que a la gente le gusta mas comer que votar'', subrayo la ex secretaria de Estado.

Albright recordo que el presidente Hugo Chavez llego al poder porque ''el liderazgo venezolano de entonces no estaba lidiando con los problemas del pueblo''.

Pero ahora ''hay que apoyar la democracia con un proceso, y no dejar que se estanque en un solo individuo. Y aunque me preocupa su aproximacion con Castro, hay que recordar que [el referendum revocatorio] fue certificado por el Centro Carter y la OEA'', respondio Albright al ser consultada sobre la situacion venezolana. rferreira£herald.com

11/02/2004




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