Castro wants to know about Obamas change Cuba policy

February 5th, 2009 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Feb 5 (ANI): Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is again using the Internet to let the White House know just what concerns Havana, raising a list of grievances with Washington going back five decades.

Castro asked President Barack Obama whether he is familiar with the damage caused by US policy of germ and bacteriological warfare against the islands people, animals and plants among many other aggressions dating back decades.

But the former Cuban leader was also quick to point out that he does not blame Obama for the crimes of his predecessors, many of them carried out either before Obama was born or when he was a child in Hawaii, CBS News reported.

On the contrary, writes the Castro, being born of a Kenyan Muslim father and a white American Christian deserves special merit in the context of US society and I am the first to recognize that.

But in the post on the Web site, Castro said he wants to know what the new American president plans to do about US economic and trade embargo against Cuba as well as about a number of traditionally divisive issues between developed and developing countries, such as trade.

Castro, sidelined by illness 21/2 years ago, expressed concern about the Buy American campaign launched by House Democrats, which he says runs counter to the basic principles of the World Trade Organization and the dreams of many poor and developing countries, CBS News said.

In a still earlier blog post, Castro praised the new president as honest, intelligent, and noble.

Many Cubans and Cuban-Americans are hoping the Obama Administration will usher in an era of improved relations with the nation just 90 miles south of Florida.

Obama has promised to lift the restrictions limiting Cuban-American travel to the island and remittances to relatives there.

But Obama has said he will maintain the trade embargo until Havana takes steps toward democratization. (ANI)

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