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Cuban delegation denied entry to conference at UN

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  • Walter Lippmann
    Dear friends in the US, Canada, Mexico, Africa and Europe As you may already be aware, Ricardo Alarcon, President of the Cuban parliament and a delegation from
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      Dear friends in the US, Canada, Mexico, Africa and Europe

      As you may already be aware, Ricardo Alarcon, President of the
      Cuban parliament and a delegation from that body are being denied
      visas to enter the US to attend a meeting by invitation of the Inter-
      Parliamentary Union (UIP) at the United Nations in New York.
      The conference in New York is scheduled for the 30th of August
      through September 2. In other words, it is due to open tomorrow.

      The US State Department is denying the visas on the grounds that
      the UPI does not constitute an official forum of the United Nations.
      Actually, the United Nations is coordinating efforts to have the UPI
      meeting at its site as part of its preparations to hold the Summit of
      the Millennia.

      As you may recall, the US State Department, in their zeal to
      continually provoke and harass the Cuban government, played
      similar games in preventing President Fidel Castro from attending
      a WTO meeting in Seattle, last year. The harassment was also
      repeated in the Elian Gonzalez case when the State Dept. delayed,
      denied and ultimately granted permission for doctors, schoolmates
      and others to visit the child in the US. In this instance, the US
      State Department is blatantly violating its obligations as the host
      country of the UN headquarters.

      Needless to say, our congressional representatives need to be
      contacted with strong protests over this latest US provocation.
      However, I urge the Cuba solidarity groups worldwide to PROMPTLY
      mobilize and launch an international protest with the appropriate
      individuals and bodies of the UN with the objective of having that
      body take effective action to prevent the US from interfering with
      international meetings.

      Hitherto, the UPI has held more than 100 conferences without
      ever having a single member be prevented participation.

      The 105 conference of the UPI, (with origins dating back to 1889)
      will be held in Havana, Cuba on April 2001. Spokesmen for the
      Cuban government have stated that no one will have problems
      obtaining Cuban visas for the parley since that nation maintains
      an open door policy towards all countries.

      Fraternally,
      Luis

      Carlos Balin~o Institute
      P. O. Box 621912
      Oviedo, Florida 32762-1912

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      Congressional switchboard: 202/225-3121.

      DEPARTMENT OF STATE
      [2201 C Street, NW, Washington DC 20520]
      SECRETARY MADELEINE ALBRIGHT
      phone 202/647-5291
      fax 202/261-8577

      CHARLES SHAPIRO, CUBA DESK:
      phone 202/647-9273
      fax 202/736-4476
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