Ros-Lehtinen's Opening Statement on the US' Misguided Talks with the Castro Regime Delivered Today in Western Hemisphere Subcommittee

Statement

By:  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Date: June 19, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today (Wednesday, June 19) on the US' misguided talks with the Castro regime during a Western Hemisphere subcommittee hearing. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"When talking about security in this Hemisphere, we must not forget about Cuba - the State Sponsor of Terrorism 90 miles from South Florida.

In the last two months, the Obama Administration has granted a U.S. visa to Raul Castro's daughter and returned to Cuba a convicted spy without having him finish his sentence here in the U.S.

This week, we find out that the State Department will engage the Castro regime in direct mail and migration talks.

The Castro regime does not and will not comply with any international agreement.

In fact, just a few years ago, the regime signed two international human rights accords.

Yet, detentions on the island have risen and valiant defenders of democracy like Las Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White) face weekly beatings.

In fact, just a few years ago, the regime signed two international human rights accords.

Yet, detentions on the island have risen and valiant defenders of democracy like Las Damas de Blanco (the Ladies in White) face weekly beatings.

In addition, it is the Castro regime that does not comply with the mail accords that we signed years ago.

What's next with this Administration?

Enough is enough.

Basta ya!

The Cuban people deserve freedom and democracy, just as all oppressed people do, and these talks will not help them achieve those goals."