Yesterday on May
31st, an AFP dispatch read:“Cuba has accepted to
reopen negotiations with the United States about migration
and direct mail service, a new signal of the thaw that is happening just before
an Organization of American States (OAS) Summit where the Cuban
situation will dominate conversations.
“The head of the
Cuban Interests Section in Washington, Jorge Bolaños,
communicated on Saturday that Cuba ‘is waiting to
reinitiate conversations about emigration and direct mail service’, said a
senior State Department official who remained anonymous.
“From El Salvador where she is attending
a ministerial conference on regional trade, Hillary Clinton said that Washington was pleased to
resume conversations with Havana on those issues.”
rather undiplomatic sharp remark indicated that:
“’There will be
an open dialogue as soon as there are changes on human rights and movement
towards democracy’ in Cuba”, the EFE
What is the kind
of “democracy” and “human rights” advocated by the United States?Was it really necessary to launch that
humiliating and arrogant warning?
Today when I saw
the inauguration of Mauricio Funes on television and
he spoke about reestablishing relations with Cuba, deafening
applause and shouts of joy erupted in the room unlike anything else that had
been heard during his speech.There,
among the guests, was Hillary.Earlier,
the speaker, who strayed many times from his written speech, had made the mistake
of greeting Mrs. Clinton who is Secretary of State, even before Lula da Silva, the president of the South American giant who was
sitting there in a group of presidents from our region.
even before the end of the extended applause for Cuba –that could perhaps
hurt Mrs. Clinton– started to speak and he again mentioned the United States with the best
of intentions.However, very few people
in that large room applauded that country.
moment, one that was much applauded in Mauricio’s speech earlier on, happened
when he mentioned the distinguished Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo
Romero whose tomb he had visited that morning.While he was saying Mass, that defender of the poor had been murdered
with impunity by the bloody ARENA Party tyranny imposed on El Salvador by
imperialism.In that room there were
also legislators and senior officials representing the party that had murdered
him; among them several of the few who applauded the United States.
circumstances, not just words do the speaking; so do applauses and silences.