Obama and Castro spar over human rights issues in Cuba



    Obama and Castro spar over human rights issues in Cuba

    March 22, Havana: US president Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sparred over human rights issues including the American prison at Guantanamo Bay and Cuba's political prisoners, reports said.

    Castro said at a historic news conference that if he was given a list of political prisoners, he would "release them tonight".

    The White House has said it has given Cuba lists of dissidents in the past.

    According to US officials, Castro does not view the prisoners as dissidents. That disagreement is central to the conflict between US and Cuban officials.

    Castro said more needed to be done to lift the US embargo on trade with Cuba. He added that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp must close.

    Obama, the first serving US president to visit Cuba since 1959, said the trade embargo would be fully lifted.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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