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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
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October 28, 2003
Question Taken at the October 28, 2003 Daily Press Briefing

Argentina/Cuba (Taken Question)

2003/1093

Question:   How does the State Department feel about Argentina establishing relations with Cuba and forgiving two-thirds of its bilateral debt?

Answer:   Argentina has had uninterrupted diplomatic relations with Cuba for many years; what occurred during the trip of Foreign Minister Bielsa was the installation of a new Argentine Ambassador in Havana to replace the Argentine government’s Charge.’ We continue to urge the Argentines and other nations to raise, at every available opportunity, the harsh measures taken by the Castro regime against Cuba’s democratic opposition. Argentina’s expressed willingness to renegotiate Cuba’s debt with it merely underscores the risks of economic relations with the Castro regime, and shows that debt owed by Cuba usually cannot be collected.


Released on October 28, 2003

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