David Adams of Reuters is reporting that Cuban Americans met in Miami on Saturday to discuss how to normalize relations with Cuba and end the five decade-long United States embargo against the communist-run island, the first such gathering in a decade.
“The one-day event was organized by four groups led by Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE), founded two years ago to counteract the influence of traditional Cuban exile organizations that support the embargo. Held at a hotel conference room it attracted about 125 attendees, including several invited speakers from Cuba.
‘This is a historic event that unites different organizations that are willing to sit down and discuss ways to stimulate the normalization of relations,’ said Hugo Cancio, publisher of OnCuba, a Miami-based magazine which opened an office in Cuba last year.
‘We want to tell the U.S. and the Cuban governments to find a way to better the lives of the Cuban people, and to let us participate in the economic transformation of Cuba,’ he said.
Under U.S. law Cuban Americans are allowed to send unlimited money to relatives on the island, but Cuba does not allow non-residents to invest directly in business or property.
That could change under a foreign investment law being debated in Cuba, said one of the speakers, Roberto Veiga, deputy editor of Espacio Laical, a highly-read magazine of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Havana.
‘That is a decisive factor for Cuba,’ he said. ‘But there is resistance (within the Cuban government) to investment from Miami because … the Cubans here in Miami have money and the Cubans on the island don’t,’ he added.”
Saturday’s meeting took place without protests from anti-Castro groups in Miami.
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