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Obama Predicts Cuban Embargo Will “Inevitably” Be Lifted

Obama Predicts Cuban Embargo Will “Inevitably” Be Lifted
September 28, 2015 12:07 PM
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – President Barack Obama joined leaders from around the
world on Monday, covering controversial topics like Cuba at the United
Nations in New York.
The president arrived under very heavy security and spoke about various
topics including the United States’ new relationship with Cuba and where
it should go in the future.
“For 50 years the United States pursued a Cuba policy that failed to
improve the lives of the Cuban people. We changed that,” said the
president. “We continue to have differences with the Cuban government.
We will continue to stand up for human rights but we address these
issues through diplomatic relations and increase commerce and people to
people ties.”
To cheers, the president predicted Congress would eventually vote to
lift the embargo on the island nation.
“As these contacts yield progress, I am confident that our Congress will
inevitably lift an embargo that should not be in place anymore,” said
the president. “Change won’t come overnight to Cuba but I’m confident
that openness, not coercion will support the reforms and better the life
the Cuban people deserve.”

But not all agree with the president’s view.
A Cuban woman who lives in Queens, Ana Martinez, plans to join a group
of Miami protesters on Monday who oppose the plan to lift the embargo
and disagrees with how relations were re-established.
“The have an agenda, okay, they have an agenda,” said Martinez. “I don’t
know for how many months they do secret negotiation. That’s not the
American way.”
Cuban leader Raul Castro will also address the assembly later on Monday.
During a speech at the United Nations summit on Saturday, Castro told
the world leaders that re-opening the U.S. Embassy in Cuba was an
important first step forward. He then slammed the U.S. for maintaining
the embargo on his country.
“The economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba persists,
bringing damages and hardships on the Cuban people and standing as the
main obstacle to our country’s economic development,” said Castro.
The Cuban leader also touched on the treatment of women in other countries.
On Tuesday, Castro will have his first formal meeting with President
Barack Obama.
CBS4’s Ted Scouten is in New York and will be reporting on Castro’s
address to the UN and his meeting with President Obama.

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