Cuba cautiously welcomes EU's new approach on ties
HAVANA (AFP) - Cuba on Monday welcomed the European Union's decision to try to improve ties as "constructive," but still warned the EU had to be respectful of the Communist nation's sovereignty.
Cuba "will look at the invitation drawn up by (the EU) in a way that is respectful, constructive and in-line with its sovereignty and national interests," deputy foreign minister Rogelio Sierra said in a statement.
The EU froze relations with Cuba, the Americas' only one-party Communist regime, in 2003 after authorities there threw 75 government opponents behind bars. It resumed contact, however, upon their release in 2008.
At talks in Brussels, foreign ministers from the 28-nation bloc endorsed a negotiating mandate for a political and cooperation agreement that ultimately will open the way also to broader trade and economic ties.