Normalization of Cuba-US Ties, Cuban Antiterrorists Return Stressed

Havana, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) – The announcement made simultaneously by Cuba and the United States on the normalization of bilateral relations and the return home of three Cuban antiterrorists unjustly held in US prisons since 1998 made headlines in Cuba.

On Wednesday, at midday, Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama took the first step towards the normalization and reestablishment of diplomatic relations, characterized by ruptures and tensions for more than half a century, and by the White House’s hostile policy against Cuba.

Prior to the announcement, the three Cuban antiterrorists who were unjustly held in US prisons were released, and due to humanitarian reasons, Cuban authorities released the US subcontractor Alan Gross, who was arrested in 2009 when he was trying to create a secret subversive electronic network in the Caribbean island.

The shows of jubilation were expressed by the broadest sector of the Cuban people, who welcomed the events.

Singer songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and essayist Graziela Pogolotti noted the importance of this historic day, and highlighted the dialogue held by the two countries as a way to settle their differences.

The United Nations System in Cuba congratulated Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama for the step they took to normalize bilateral relations. On the other hand, the return home of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero brought happiness to the Cuban people, who took to the streets to celebrate their much-expected return.

Several lawmakers joined the general celebration, including the president of the International Relations Committee of the Cuban Parliament, Yolanda Ferrer, who described this day as historic, due to the release of the three antiterrorists.

The president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Kenia Serrano, thanked the world for its solidarity and contribution to the return home of the antiterrorists.

We think that it happened thanks to the decisions taken by our government and that of the United States, but other very important causes converged, including solidarity, Serrano stressed.