Office of the Press Secretary
The White House, Washington, DC
May 6, 2004
Fact Sheet: Report of the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba
The objectives of United States policy towards Cuba are clear:
To achieve these objectives, the President created the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba with a mandate to identify:
- Bring an end to the ruthless and brutal dictatorship;
- Assist the Cuban people in a transition to representative democracy; and
- Assist the Cuban people in establishing a free market economy.
In response to the mandate to support the hastening of democratic change in Cuba, the Commission recommended an integrated approach which pairs a more robust and effective effort to support the opposition in Cuba with measures to limit the regime's cynical manipulation of humanitarian policies and to undermine its survival strategies.
- Additional measures to help the Cuban people bring to an end the dictatorship; and
- Elements of a plan for agile, effective, and decisive assistance to a post-dictatorship Cuba.
Hastening the End of the Cuban Dictatorship
1. The President has directed that up to $59 million over the next 2 years be committed to implementing key Commission recommendations including:
- Up to $36 million to carry out democracy-building activities, support for the family members of the political opposition, and to support efforts to help youth, women, and Afro-Cubans take their rightful place in the pro-democracy movement;
- Up to $18 million for regular airborne broadcasts to Cuba and the purchase of a dedicated airborne platform for the transmission of Radio and Television Mart into Cuba; and
- Provide $5 million for public diplomacy efforts to disseminate information abroad about U.S. foreign policy, including Castro's record of abusing human rights, harboring terrorists, committing espionage against other countries, fomenting subversion of democratically-elected governments in Latin America, and other actions which pose a threat to United States national interests.
2. The President has also directed that the following actions be taken to deny resources and legitimacy to the Castro regime:
3. The President has directed the establishment of a Transition Coordinator at the State Department to facilitate expanded implementation of pro-democracy, civil-society building, and public diplomacy projects and to continue regular planning for future transition assistance contingencies. Plans to Assist a Free Cuba Transition to Democracy and a Free Market Economy
For the entire Commission Report visit: http://state.gov/p/wha/rt/cuba/
- The Commission has worked and will continue to work with interested parties to develop recommendations to help the Cuban people recover the lost decades of the Castro years.
- These recommendations are not a prescription for Cuba's future, but an indication of the kind of assistance the international community should be prepared to offer a free Cuba.
- These recommendations will serve as the basis for a process of engagement with other countries, and international organizations to ensure that they too are prepared to support a Free Cuba.
- The recommendations outline how the United States could assist a free Cuba to: