European Union, Cuba to Hold Sixth Round of Negotiations

European Union (EU) and Cuba representatives will meet in Brussels on December 1-2 to hold their 6th round of negotiations on political dialogue and cooperation agreement, Cuban Foreign Ministry said today.

According to an official statement, EU and Cuban delegations will be presided by Christian Leffler Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Global Issues at European External Action Service and Abelardo Moreno Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, respectively.

These negotiations began in April 2014 as a result of a EU Foreign Affairs Council decision made on February 10 of the same year to invite Cuba to begin these talks, which was accepted on March 6.

During this process, that opened a new and constructive chapter in the relationships between the two parts, Cuba has reaffirmed its willingness to move forward in the negotiation with the EU on the basis of equality and respect agreed in 2008 when political dialogue and cooperation were re-established, the statement said.

It also added that the previous rounds took place alternately in Havana (first, third and fifth round) and Brussels, Belgium (second and fourth round) in a constructive spirit.

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Cubans in Europe Urge US Congress to Lift Blockade of their Country

Cubans residing in Europe urged the US Congress to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade that Washington has maintained against their nation for over 50 years now.

At the end of a meeting in Stockholm, the Cuban community in Europe issued a declaration demanding the withdrawal of all legislations and regulations that hinder the lifting of the US siege against Cuba and they backed the real advancement of the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana.

In their declaration, the Cubans residents in Europe agreed that all their organizations in the continent will ask foreign ministers in their respective countries to give statements demanding the lifting of the US blockade along with their positive vote to the Cuban resolution at the UN General Assembly this month.

They also demanded that the so-called European Common Position on Cuba be put down immediately and unconditionally.

A total of one hundred Cubans residing in Europe took part at the 10th Regional Meeting. The 11th gathering will take place in 2016, in Lisbon.

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Representatives of European Left Party on a Visit to Cuba

Representatives of European Left Party on a Visit to CubaHAVANA, Cuba, Oct 6 (acn) Deputy Yolanda Ferrer, president of the International Relations Committee of the National Assembly of the People's Power (ANPP), received on Tuesday a delegation of the Party of the European Left, headed by its Vice-president, Maite Mola.

Accompanying Mola are other representatives of the parties that make up that political family, such as the French Communist Party, the Communist Re-foundation Party of Italy and the Greek Zyriza.

During the fraternal meeting, Ferrer informed visitors about the updating of the Cuban economic model, and basically its social aspects.

She explained the work of the National Assembly as the supreme organ of power of the Cuban State and the role of deputies in Cuban society. In this regard Maite Mola said that Cuban democracy is one of the best in the world.

Yolanda Ferrer also expressed her appreciation for the unconditional support European left parties have given the Cuban people and the demonstrations of solidarity in issues such as the release of the Cuban Five and the struggle that is carried out for the lifting of the U.S. blockade, which has lasted more than 50 years.

The members of the European delegation commented on the situation currently faced by the left-wing movements in Europe, and in this regard the Italian representative said it is necessary to strengthen a European left that joins Europeans against the arrogance of the right.

They also expressed their interest in aspects such as the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, the updating of the economic model and the characteristics of the Cuban electoral system, which they acknowledged as "very democratic".

The two delegations exchanged experiences and learned about the social realities of the European continent and the Cuban nation, respectively.

Cuba was also represented at the meeting by deputies Lazaro Barredo and Antonio Hernandez, and by Omar Torres, an official of the Department of International Relations of the ANPP.

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Iran, Russia Discuss Syria, Refugee Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour and his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov conferred on the latest developments in Syria and the conditions of the Syrian refugees in other countries.
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Cuba, European Union Begin Fifth Round of Talks

The fifth round of negotiations for a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Cuba, begins today in this capital with prospect to give way to political dialogue.

The Cuban delegation is presided over by Deputy Foreign Minister, Abelardo Moreno, while the community bloc's group is led by Christian Leffler, Managing Director for the Americas at the European External Action Service.

According to the national television, the chapters of cooperation and trade will be discussed during the meeting with the aim of being concluded, while the discussion on the chapter on political dialogue is expecting to begin.

As in the previous four rounds of this negotiation process opened in April 2014, the role of civil society, human rights and good governance are considered as cross-cutting themes.

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EU Calls on Europe to Unite against Migration Crisis

PARIS – European Union Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Monday that the current migration crisis has not only left Greece in a critical situation but all of Europe, calling on all member states to act together against a global issue.

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EU prolongs economic sanctions against Crimea

The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Crimea for another year and said it still doesn't recognize Crimea's reunification with Russia calling it "illegal annexation".

The sanctions against Crimea and Sevastopol were extended until 23 June 2016, the EU said on Friday.

“As stated by the European Council on 19 March 2015, the EU continues to condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and remains committed to fully implement its non-recognition policy,” says the EU communiqué.

The restrictions include a ban on imports from Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU, investment and tourism services as well as the export of certain products and technology to Crimean companies.

Details of the lengthening is expected to be published Saturday in the official journal of the European Union, a source told RIA.

Earlier in the week another European source warned the EU would make the decision Friday without any discussion. He explained that “the strategy of non-recognition of Crimea joining Russia is permanent; this is why the restrictions that come as part of it are renewed automatically if the situation over the peninsula doesn’t see drastic changes.”

Crimea rejoined Russia last March following a referendum where 96 percent of people voted in favor of reunification. The peninsula was then declared an independent sovereign state, the Republic of Crimea. The decision to hold a referendum was sparked by the Maidan protests that resulted in the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich. Crimea then refused to recognize the coup-imposed government in Kiev.

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