*???* - PL: Cuba-US Scholars Identify Actions to Improve Links
- TOWARD THE END OF THE ARTICLE, DATED Sat. May 4,
after the US repeating that Cuba will stay on the
terrorist list, and after doubling the reward for
the capture of Assata Shakur, these odd words:
"Alzugaray considers the moment more favourable than in previous similar contacts. Conditions are not perfect, but they are favourable, at least during the four years of the President Barack Obama's term, considered the Cuban former diplomat. In his opinion, even though Obama has not done all he could, there is a different attitude, as reflected in his latest electoral campaign, when he failed to adopt a tougher line against Cuba"
Cuba-US Scholars Identify Actions to Improve Links
By Miguel Lozano
Havana, May 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban and US scholars prepared over 20 recommendations to their governments to establish spaces of confidence leading to normalize bilateral relations between their countries, participants in the project revealed today.
In an interview with Prensa Latina, Doctors Milagros Martínez and Carlos Alzugaray said finishing touches are being given currently to an English/Spanish book containing the recommendations made since 2009 by eight Cuban and eight US academicians.
The document will be presented on May 30 in Washington during the 31th congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and later in Cuba, probably in summer this year.
Martinez said these recommendations of the project known as Cuba-US Academic Workshops (TACE) include environment, academic exchanges, security and terrorism, trade and development and freedom of travel.
She particularly highlighted the proposal to erase Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
TACE considers absurd to have Cuba in a list where it should have never been included, she noted.
Another aspect worth highlighting is, in her opinion, that the workshops are an expression of what she defined as academic diplomacy, which is important when there are such tense conflicts between two countries.
All recommendations implying more fluent exchanges between academicians and university students can help a lot because in order to implement changes we have to understand each other and to understand each other we have to know each other, she said.
Other characteristic was the participation of people close to their Foreign ministries, who can interact with the governments as, though this is an academic exercise, there is an interest to take it to government bodies to decide the recommendations to be implemented.
Meanwhile, Alzugaray considers the moment more favourable than in previous similar contacts.
Conditions are not perfect, but they are favourable, at least during the four years of the President Barack Obama's term, considered the Cuban former diplomat.
In his opinion, even though Obama has not done all he could, there is a different attitude, as reflected in his latest electoral campaign, when he failed to adopt a tougher line against Cuba and in 2008 when he said there was not problem in negotiating with opponents.
Alzugaray and Martinez agreed that the issue of terrorism is essential. Most observers agree that the list of terrorist states discredits itself with this injustice.
Another element is the increase of contacts between Cuban and US people in the wake of Cuba's immigration law, which is not based on the idea of besieged fortress, while everything points to Obama to continue the process of broadening US travel to Cuba.
Martinez said project TACE involved the American University, the University of Havana, facilitated by the Regional Coordinating Office of Economic and Social Research and its President, Doctor Andres Serbin, an expert in US and Latin American issues.
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