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HELMS PROPOSES STRONGER SANCTIONS FOR CUBA
05 May 1996 07:34:34
95047 HELMS PROPOSES STRONGER SANCTIONS FOR CUBA
by Alexa Smith
WASHINGTON--A bill pushing for stronger international sanctions
against Cuba was introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-
At a press conference surrounding introduction of the "Cuban
Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act," Helms told reporters he
"categorically rejects" suggestions to lift the 36-year U.S.
embargo of Cuba -- that it is, in fact, time to "tighten the
screws" to elevate pressure on Fidel Castro.
"Let me be clear: Whether Castro leaves Cuba in a vertical
or horizontal position is up to him and the Cuban people. But he
must -- and will -- leave Cuba," said Helms.
The bill is Helms' first piece of legislation as chair of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Proposals within the act include:
* reaffirming the 1992 Cuban Democracy Act
* revitalizing U.S. broadcasting to Cuba
* cutting foreign aid to any now-independent country of the
former Soviet Union that aids Cuba
* urging the president to seek, in the United Nations Security
Council, an international embargo against Cuba
* authorizing programs to promote free market and private
enterprise development and encouraging free elections when a new
government is in place.
Calling him a "brutal and cruel communist" dictator, Helms
told reporters Castro is the world's "longest-reigning tyrant" and
there must be "no retreat" in U.S. policy there now.
"If anything, with the collapse of the USSR -- and the end of
Soviet subsidies to Cuba
-- the embargo is finally having the effect on Castro that has been
intended all along. Why should the U.S. let up the pressure now?
It's time to tighten the screws -- not loosen them," Helms said.
"We have an obligation -- to our principles and to the Cuban people
-- to elevate the pressure on Castro until the Cuban people are
He said the U.S. has maintained a bi-partisan policy of
isolation directed at deposing Castro for 36 years. Helms said the
"Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act" is built upon the
work of three members of the House of Representatives: Lincoln
Diaz-Balart, Bob Menendez and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
From Cuba and US Presbyterys' reactions t the Helms
legislation, see the following story.
(With Information from the U.S. Senate Commitee on Foreign
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