In a press conference offered today at the Cuban Embassy, Bandrich said that the resistance against the blockade and the claim for the immediate release of the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly held in US prisons are the two basic requisites for a normalization of relations with the United States.
He explained that the blockade has caused 975 billion USD in losses to Cuba and for 20 years the United States has failed to comply with the decision of the UN General Assembly demanding the end of that hostile policy that is in violation of all international regulations, besides failing in its attempt to destroy the Cuban Revolution.
Regarding the release of The Cuban Five, as they are internationally known, Bandrich said they continue in prison because Rene Gonzalez, who left prison on October 7, is now under supervised release for three years, banned from returning to Cuba and reuniting with his family.
Rene, along with Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Ramon Labanino, detained in the United States in 1998, were given harsh sentences for monitoring terrorist activities by anti-Cuban groups based in Florida.
They were subject to a trial plagued with irregularities and their rights have been repeatedly violated by punishment including solitary confinement and a ban on family visit.
Asked about his tasks as new representative of the Cuban Government in the Dominican Republic, Bandrich explained that he plans to maintain the long standing good relations between the two countries, based on respect to sovereignty, non interference in internal affairs and maintain collaboration in education, sports and other areas of mutual interest.
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Source: Prensa Latina