OAS Chief to Seek Reinstatement of Cuba

April 17, 2009 - 2:52 PM
The head of the Organization of American States says he will ask that Cuba be readmitted to the organization 47 years after the communist island nation was ousted.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (AP) - The head of the Organization of American States says he will ask that Cuba be readmitted to the organization 47 years after the communist island nation was ousted.
 
OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza says he will request at a meeting of May of the hemispheric organization's general assembly that it annul the 1962 resolution that suspended Cuba.
 
The resolution called Cuba's communist system incompatible with the 35-nation organization's principles and coincided with the imposition of a U.S. trade embargo.
 
Insulza's announcement on Friday comes a day after Cuban leader Raul Castro says he is prepared to discuss any and all topics - from freedom of the press to freeing political prisoners - with Washington.