An excerpt from Spanish newspaper ABC's interview with former Foreign Minister (under the Socialist government of Felipe Gonzalez) and current EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana:
Q: The European Ministers of Foreign Affairs will decide tomorrow whether to modify the EU's Common Position towards Cuba, as Spain would like. Has Cuba done enough for it to be modified?
Solana: I would like for Cuba to do, not more, but much more. If some adjustment to the Common Position is possible, it would have to come accompanied by clearer and more direct steps by the regime.
Q: Then, you don't think the release of prisoners of conscience is enough...
Solana: I would like for it to be more than the release of prisoners, which of course, is very important, as there should not be any. However, they should also begin to make economic reforms that are much clearer and quicker. The solution to Cuba's problems requires change, and the sooner they do it, the better.
Meanwhile, Cuba's dissidents -- in near unanimity -- ask the EU not to change its Common Position, which conditions the normalization of relations to the respect for human rights.
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