Thursday, March 19, 2009

International Relations: Old foe to re-establish ties with Cuba

Both El Salvador and Costa Rica have said they will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, BBC reports.

They were the only two Central American countries to maintain a diplomatic freeze on the communist island-nation.

In El Salvador, the winner of this week's presidential election, Mauricio Funes, said ties would be re-established as soon as he takes office.

Announcing a similar move, Costa Rican leader Oscar Arias said: "We have to be capable of adjusting to new realities."

For Mr Arias, the decision represents a dramatic change in attitude.

He once compared Cuba's rights record under Fidel Castro to that of Augusto Pinochet's regime in Chile.

And Havana has labelled him a "vulgar mercenary" and a puppet of American imperialism.

Source: FOCUS Infromation Agency

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