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United States moves against Cuba's leadership and angered the EU

The U.S. government is increasing pressure on the Communist government in Cuba. US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday in Washington, a US citizen would get from the 2. May, the possibility of lawsuits against foreign companies that use property confiscated after the Revolution in 1959.

He threw the Cuban leadership, to export their people and violence in other countries in the Region. In particular, the US government doesn't like the support from Havana to Venezuela's head of state, Nicolás Maduro. The EU and Canada criticized the announcement, sharp and threatened with counter-measures. They fear the consequences for companies or citizens from Europe and Canada. Background of the step by the U.S. government of U.S. President Donald Trump the third section of the so-called Helms-Burton act of 1996, which was suspended from Trumps predecessors, yet always is.

it comes into force - what is now planned, the citizens of the US request in American courts because of the use of property against individuals and companies in lawsuits and compensation. After the Revolution of 1959, the possessions of a number of US were dispossessed citizens, and today's exile-Cubans.

The competent expert from the U.S. Department of state for the Region, Kimberly Breier, said that property with a value in the billions. In several Thousand cases, the Affected person had already made a preliminary claim, many more Thousands could follow. Breier also further measures against the Cuban leadership. This was the beginning of a new process.

the Sharp criticism from the EU and Canada, the Europeans and Canadians had already been considered in the preparation of the plans with concern. The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, had written a week ago, a letter to Pompeo and him against the consequences warned. After Pompeos official announcement, the EU and Canada have reacted with sharp criticism. "The decision of the United States (...) is unfortunate, and is a significant impact on European and canadian participants in the economy in Cuba," said in a statement, Mogherini, Malmström and Canada's Minister of Chrystia Freeland outer published on Wednesday. From the point of view of the EU and Canada, the extra-territorial application of such unilateral measures with Cuba movement-related, are contrary to international law.


threatening At the same time, the EU and Canada threatened with proceedings in the world trade organisation, WTO, and national countermeasures. The law will allow it to respond to the U.S. claims with counter-claims before the European and canadian courts, it said in its communication. That's why the US could lead to a decision only to an "unnecessary action spiral".

Breier said the U.S. government had prior had a lot of contact with partners and allies, to talk about the plans. The vast majority of European companies will not have to Worry about.

she stressed that there is great Consensus in the goal of promoting democracy in Cuba and to free the population from the tyranny of their leadership. "Where we sometimes do not agree, the question is how we best accomplish this goal."

trump's government moved in with the step the thumb screws in the case of the Communist government in Havana. The US President has broken with the policies of his democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, who had driven an improvement in the decades-long dysfunctional relationship between the two countries.

In the past few weeks, the US government, Cuba had criticized sharply for the support of Maduro. Trumps the Administration is trying its best to push Maduro to retreat.


Created: 17.04.2019, 17:56 PM

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