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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:03 PM

Havana Says It Cannot Visit Cuban Agent in US

Havana Says It Cannot Visit Cuban Agent in US
By PETER ORSI Associated Press
HAVANA February 27, 2013 (AP)

The Cuban government complained Wednesday that U.S. officials are not granting consular access for an intelligence agent who walked free from prison in 2011 but was ordered to remain in the United States during his three-year parole.

A Foreign Ministry statement that was emailed to reporters and published on the front page of Communist Party newspaper Granma said the Cuban Interests Section in Washington has presented "several alternatives for continuing regular consular visits," but the U.S. State Department rejected them.

It accused Washington of violating the 1963 Vienna Convention governing consular access, and called it an attempt to continue punishing Rene Gonzalez, one of the so-called Cuban Five, even after his release.

"This deliberate and cruel decision also represents an additional punishment that is added to the already strict conditions of Rene's supervised release," the statement read.


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