Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Obama nominee: U.S. wants Cubans to "freely determine their own future"

Screenshot from video posted on Capitol Hill Cubans blog
Roberta Jacobson testified Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She is President Obama's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Here's what she said about Cuba:
In Cuba, we are working to expand the connections between U.S. and Cuban society and open the way for meaningful support of Cubans who are striking their own path, while we keep faith with human rights activists and dissidents who have fought for basic rights for years.
With our efforts, more Cubans have access to information and independent connections to the American citizens who are the best ambassadors of our values.
We have never wavered in our support of the right of people in Cuba to freely determine their own future – rights far too long denied to them.
We also continue to seek the unconditional release of American citizen Alan Gross, a dedicated development worker who has been unjustly imprisoned in Cuba for nearly two years.
Cuba clearly departs most fundamentally from the region’s core democratic values and elections alone do not constitute a democracy, but we remain steadfast in protecting free and fair elections throughout the Hemisphere.

See entire transcript here. YouTube video showing Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questioning Jacobson.

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