OAS reaches last-minute consensus to readmit Cuba

June 4th, 2009 - 4:17 am ICT by IANS  

San Pedro Sula (Honduras), June 4 (DPA) The Organisation of American States (OAS) reached a consensus Wednesday on a proposal to re-admit communist Cuba after a 47-year suspension, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Fander Falconi told reporters.
Cuba was suspended from the OAS in 1962, at the behest of the US, over Havana’s Marxist-Leninist ideology.

In recent weeks, some consensus had emerged on revoking the suspension even though Cuba has said that it does not wish to rejoin the organisation.

However, till the very last minute there were deep divisions between member countries on how this should happen, with several different proposals being fielded on whether the readmission should be made conditional on a democratic commitment from Havana.

The OAS General Assembly met Tuesday and Wednesday in Honduras, with Cuba’s readmittance monopolizing the discussions.

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