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Government to Support Move to Censure Cuba

April 16, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

In a move likely to further chill Mexico-Cuba relations, the government announced that it will support a U.N. resolution censuring Cuba for its human rights record.

The measure recognizes social rights provided in Cuba but asks the government "to make efforts to obtain similar advances in the area of human, civil and political rights."

Mexico, the only Latin American country that ignored U.S. pressure to break diplomatic ties after Cuban President Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, has traditionally abstained from the annual vote.

Cuba insists that the United States pressured Uruguay to sponsor the measure, and Havana is likely to accuse Mexico of caving in to U.S. interests by supporting it.

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