.- In an article published in its official newspaper, Palabra Nueva, the Archdiocese of Havana has called on the government of Fidel Castro to use the opportunity of the rejection by Cubans of the tightening of the US-led embargo to embrace all Cubans, including political dissidents.
In the article, the Archdiocese says now is the time to âwork with and for the benefit of all Cubans, including those who are of differing opinions and have different political views in Cuba and wish to participate.â
The paperâs director, Orlando Marquez, writes in his column that âCuba benefits from unity and from participation by all who are committed to her from different positions.â
On May 6 the US government presented a group of new measures in order to âaccelerate transition towards democracyâ on the island. Castro supporters, political dissidents, exiled Cubans and the Church have all expressed opposition to the plan.
The Archdiocese recommended that the government give âparticular attentionâ to the rejection of the plan even by âdeclared political enemies of the Cuban governmentâ who do not want a foreign government to determine the future of Cuba.
âWill opposition leaders and dissents who have defended the sovereignty and independence of the nation be continued to be called mercenaries and to be excluded?â asked the publication.