Six Issues the U.S. Should Not Concede to Cuba During Normalization Talks

The U.S. should make no compromises on the Guantanamo Bay naval base or agree the restitution to the Cuban government for its use, and they should continue to support Cuba’s democratic opposition and independent human rights activists. The U.S. should not agree to remove Cuba prematurely from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, and they should reject policies that support financing for U.S. exports and investments in business ventures on the island that are owned or managed by the Cuban government. The U.S. should also evaluate future overtures on the principles enshrined in the LIBERTAD Act. Finally, the U.S. should reject any agreement that is tantamount to compensation for the U.S.’s embargo against Cuba. The Obama Administration naively believes that granting Cuba every item on its wish list will lead to improved relations. Maximizing pressure, not unilateral concessions, is the only way to pave the way toward a democratic and free Cuba.

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