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21-10-2019, 07:15 UTC

Powell phones Havel over Cuban resolution

US Secretary Of State, Colin Powell, has expressed serious concerns over the Czech Foreign Ministry's approach to a resolution criticising human rights violations in Cuba, which is to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Commission. Mr. Powell telephoned Czech president Vaclav Havel at the weekend and criticised an addition that calls economic sanctions against Cuba counterproductive. The controversial addition was also a reason for Poland withdrawing as co-author of the resolution. Mr. Havel has also voiced his dissatisfaction with the way Czech politicians were canvassing support for the resolution.

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