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Cuba calls U.S. measures positive, but far from enough

From Shasta Darlington, CNN
On Friday, the White House announced it would allow more academic, cultural and religious travel to Cuba.
On Friday, the White House announced it would allow more academic, cultural and religious travel to Cuba.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Obama announced easing of some restrictions on Cuba
  • The U.S. will allow more travel and non-family remittances to Cuba
  • The U.S. also will allow more U.S. airports to service flights to Cuba
  • Cuba calls the moves "positive" but "they fall short of justified demands"
RELATED TOPICS
  • Cuba
  • Barack Obama
  • Diplomacy

Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuba on Sunday called President Barack Obama's latest easing of travel restrictions to the island nation "positive" but accused Washington of continuing its policy of "destabilization."

On Friday, the White House announced it would allow more academic, cultural and religious travel, non-family remittances and would pave the way for more airports to service flights to Cuba.

"Although the measures are positive, they fall short of justified demands," Cuba's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"These measures confirm that there is no willingness to change the policy of blockade and destabilization against Cuba," it added, noting that the measures do nothing to alter the decades-old U.S. trade embargo.

Under the new regulations, it will be easier for religious and academic groups to sponsor trips to Communist Cuba under a general license, therefore eliminating the need to request a specific license from the U.S. Treasury.

The measures also will allow any American to send up to $500 every three months to non-family members in Cuba "subject to the limitation that they cannot be provided to senior Cuban government officials or senior members of the Cuban Communist Party."

Obama also directed that any U.S. international airport can apply to service licensed charters "provided such airports have adequate customs and immigration capabilities and a licensed travel service provider has expressed an interest in providing service to and from Cuba from that airport."

 
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