The Cuban deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abelardo Moreno, held a press conference at the Foreign Ministry headquarters on the outcome of the second informative meeting on mutual compensation between Cuba and the US in Washington on July 28 and 29.

The Cuban deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abelardo Moreno, held a press conference at the Foreign Ministry headquarters on the outcome of the second informative meeting on mutual compensation between Cuba and the US in Washington on July 28 and 29.According to Moreno, the issue of mutual compensation is the subject, as are others, of ongoing talks in the process of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the US, but that this is a highly complex legal, technical and political topic.

He emphasized that “there are many factors in play in talks such as these” and stressed that “Cuba’s position is to maintain and reinforce claims approved by Cuban courts against the Government of the United States.

He explained that one element directly linked to the issue of compensation is the economic, commercial and financial Blockade imposed for more than fifty years on Cuba by the US.

The Cuban official added that in the talks, Cuba based claims against the US government on those presented in 1999 and 2000 by the Cuban people for human and economic damages caused, for which there are judgments in the corresponding courts on the Island.

He added that these claims address terrorist acts, the effects of economic war on Cuba and on individuals and that the legal basis for the claims has been well established by the courts.

He said, “Cuban courts set the amount of compensation at 300,000 million dollars on the grounds of both human and economic damages and such rulings by the institutional Cuban judiciary are in accordance with International Law”.

The diplomat explained that the Cuban state had, from the moment that the very first nationalization laws were passed at the start of the revolutionary process, the political will to compensate non-national legal and natural persons whose properties had been passed on to the Cuban people.

He used the examples of compensation settlements reached between Canada and five other European countries and the Cuban authorities that represented real solutions to claims for properties nationalized by the Cuban State by people and institutions from those countries.

However, in the particular case of North American title holders, the Cuban deputy foreign minister added that “the attitude of US governments to Cuba has impeded any practical application of the compensation formulas that we proposed at the time”.

Moreno reaffirmed that Cuba would not accept a unilateral solution of any sort that did not fully satisfy Cuban interests.

In his opinion, the two informative meetings that have taken place to date, one in Havana last December and this recent one in Washington were professional and constructive in nature.

He added that both meetings had facilitated exchanges by the two sides of information and experiences in similar processes for the establishment of possible time frames and formats for the negotiations proper.

“We believe that the conditions have been created to continue the informative process and that the meetings were at least enlightening for the Cuban side, as we hope was the case for the US side also”.

The Cuban official highlighted that “to date, the only thing agreed by both two sides is that the two countries have claims about which we need to sit down and talk, to try and find a solution”.

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