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Profound disagreements over freedom and human rights as first U.S./Cuba talks end

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 01:29

After the first round of official talks between diplomatic delegations from the United States and Cuba to discuss the normalization of relations between the two countries, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson says that freedom and human rights are the issues on which there is most disagreement. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) After the first round of official talks between diplomatic delegations from the United States and Cuba to discuss the normalization of relations between the two countries, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson says that freedom and human rights are the issues on which there is most disagreement. The talks, although cordial, did raise a number of issues upon which the two countries disagree, mainly human rights. "I think that it is obviously what we are talking about when we say we have profound disagreement with the Cuban government when we talk about democracy and human rights and support for civil society and independent actors," said Jacobson. The talks were the first since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on Dec. 17 they would work to restore diplomatic ties, which Washington severed in 1961 two years after Raul's brother Fidel took power and began implementing communist rule. Chief among the differences is the comprehensive U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. Obama has loosened the embargo and asked Congress to start lifting it. Cuba also told the Americans it wants to be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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Profound disagreements over freedom and human rights as first U.S./Cuba talks end

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 01:29