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Iberoamerica summit ends with row over Cuba

Controversy over Cuba has overshadowed debate at a summit of leaders from
Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. At the end of the meeting in the
Spanish city of Salamanca, participants called on the US to end its trade
against Cuba. They also called for the extradition from the US of a
former CIA operative who is wanted by over the 1976 bombing of a
Cuban airliner that killed 73 people.

The US embassy in Madrid said it would be unfortunate if the resolutions
were interpreted as a sign of support for the regime of . The
Cuban leader’s failure to attend the summit remains unclear. Venezuelan
Hugo , who is a Castro ally, praised the resolutions.
However, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said he hoped the
final declarations would not be seen as a sign of what he calls “tolerance
of violations in Cuba”.


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