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Cuba: Sanctions

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the Government supports EU sanctions against Cuba; and what representations he has received on the Government’s position on EU sanctions against Cuba in the last 12 months. (199523)

The UK’s policy on Cuba has been based on the EU Common Position since 1996. The Common Position is a policy framework which aims to encourage transition to pluralist democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Common Position is reviewed each year in June and member states take into account any changes over the past 12 months.

Over the last year, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has received representations from the Cuban Government. As Cuba is of interest to many groups in society, my right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary regularly receive letters, emails and petitions from many groups including; trade unions, members of the public and non-governmental organisations. Parliamentarians have asked questions on the subject throughout the year.