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A Democratic View

New York Congressman Charles Rangel champions the need for a new, more open U.S. policy toward Cuba
Charles Rangel
From the Print Edition:
Cuba, May/June 2007

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Before the U.S. and Cuba can achieve normalcy in their relations, true diplomatic dialogue must occur. I have shared my biggest concern in that vein with Wayne Smith, the distinguished former U.S. diplomat who has worked on Cuba issues for many years. He told me recently that Cuban leaders have expressed their respect for me, despite my criticisms when they are wrong. I told Wayne, and he did not disagree: "If a congressman from Harlem is the only member of the U.S. government that the Castro regime feels comfortable talking to, then we're really in trouble."

Rep. Charles Rangel is a Democrat from New York.


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