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17-10-2019, 20:51 UTC

Czech row over Cuba human rights resolution

Politicians in Prague have become involved in a bitter row over a Czech-sponsored resolution condemning human rights violations in Cuba, following criticism by the U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell. Mr Powell expressed reservations to an addition to the resolution which describes the economic embargo against the island as 'counter-productive.' The Civic Democrats' shadow Foreign Minister, Jan Zahradil, said the Czech Republic was pursuing an over-ambitious policy which was alienating its allies. The Czech President, Vaclav Havel, has said he is unhappy with the way in which the government was seeking support for the resolution. Poland, which co-sponsored previous resolutions in the past, has withdrawn its support, after rumoured to be unhappy with the criticism of sanctions.

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