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Minister Martin welcomes the release of 52 political prisoners in Cuba

International relations, Press Releases, Latin America, 2010

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., has welcomed the announcement by the Cuban Government that fifty-two political prisoners who remained from a group of seventy-five originally incarcerated in 2003 are to be released. Speaking today the Minister said:

"Ireland has played an active role in seeking the release of these political prisoners and, in my capacity as Minister for Foreign Affairs, I have repeatedly raised our concern in meetings with Cuban Ministers and officials.

I very much welcome the Cuban Government’s decision to resolve this divisive issue in a comprehensive and positive way, and I want to also acknowledge the efforts of the Catholic Church in Cuba and the role of the Spanish Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos in achieving this outcome.

I hope that, with the release of these prisoners, relations between Cuba and the European Union can move forward, with early agreement on arrangements for a more structured political dialogue and enhanced social and economic cooperation.”